The United States of America is the only western industrialized country that does not provide universal health coverage to its citizens. Most health care is financed by a for-profit, minimally regulated private Insurances. 10.4 percent of the United States population, still went without health insurance for the entirety of 2014. Millions more were uninsured for at least part of the year. Most Americans citizens who are not insured is poor, black and Hispanic.
The decision towards deciding the best application and form of health care can be assessed through a spectrum that goes from one to five with two significant extremes. At one end of the spectrum under number one, health care is controlled and applied completely through the government. Such a form of healthcare most likely falls under a single payer national healthcare service, which is a form of healthcare that is financed entirely by a single entity; e.g the government. On the other end of the spectrum at number five, healthcare has no government intervention whatsoever. This form of healthcare is categorized as free market healthcare and is a form of health care wherein prices for goods and services are set freely by agreement between patients
The United States’ plan for having a universal healthcare system is set to be achieved through the multi-payer model of the universal health insurance (UHI) (WHO, 2000). It is important to understand the concept of the universal health system. First, it gives proactive and holistic care at the lowest level and ensures safety and proximity to home. For instance, when one uses the universal insurance, they are not limited to healthcare services within their state. They are free to receive treatment from any state without discrimination.
For many years, universal health care has been one of the most debated topics in the U.S., and several people disagree with bringing it about. Of course, we could go on and on about how and why we shouldn’t have a universal health care system, rather than why the U.S. should institute universal health care and why it would be beneficial. But what exactly is a universal health care system? It is defined as “Universal health coverage is defined as ensuring that all people have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services.” by the World Health Organization, WHO.
The United States currently abides by the Affordable Health Care Act’s legislation to provide millions of Americans affordable health care plans. Unfortunately, some individuals have struggled to pay for either the premiums that are offered by insurance companies or the penalty fee that is issued for not having any form of insurance. However, if changes are made to increase tax rates, free universal health care can be provided to all citizens. Under the Affordable Health Care Act, a marketplace consisting of many insurance providers is made available to the public.
Health care in America is not obtainable to every person, between price, availability and even lack of knowledge there are gaps. It is the American people that suffer, both those with coverage and those without alike. There are several aspects of health care economics that concern the public population. There are reforms that are designed to help, but there are still people that want no part of them. Universal health care coverage could be the solution to these problems that affect many of the United State 's population.
I believe as a society we have moral obligation to provide healthcare to all the citizens of our nation. How would that become possible is the question? No matter what we choose as the solution to this problem, there will always be pros and cons. I think the answer is socialized medicine. Can a country like the US have socialized medicine?
Universal Health Care In the past 100 years, the United States government has endured many difficulties dealing with the faults present in America's private healthcare system. Even though the federal and state governments have tried stepping in more recently and were able to lessen the negative impacts produced by the system, there are many more that still need to be addressed. As of 2014, 33 million people in the U.S. lack health insurance, resulting in more bankruptcies and deaths for those with and without insurance (Right to Health Care).
Healthcare is an important access we hold, but an issue is that not everyone can have that access to the healthcare they need. There are many arguments regarding the United States adopting a universal healthcare system. Although the universal system may reduce the quality of care the people receive, there are too many people not able to get any kind of care. Therefore a universal healthcare system would be more beneficial to the citizens of the United States than the limited access of care we have today.
As Bernie Sanders once said, “Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege.” Most developed countries choose to live by this quote while the United States of America chooses to go against it. Universal health care has benefits on multiple levels, whether it’s a single individual or the people in a whole. The U.S is one of the few developed countries that doesn’t offer universal health care to their people, yet the U.S spends more than seventeen percent of their GDP on health insurance. Many people believe that universal health care is a simple one solution problem, but the truth is that there are multiple forms of universal health care that provide all citizens with the health insurance they need.