Why Health Care Should Be Provided By The Government Essay

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I strongly believe that healthcare is a basic human right; however, the reality is that health care is often based on privilege and/or driven by employer benefits. There are many factors to consider when discussing healthcare as a basic human right. All individuals, regardless of income, race, or status should be treated equally when it comes to safe, effective, and quality health care. Even though I believe healthcare should be a human right, we have to consider how this would be feasible among different populations and societies. According toMaruthappu, Ologunde, and Gunarajasingam (2012) “a fundamental difficulty with considering healthcare as a right is that this right, unlike many others, is dependent upon the resources of a society,…show more content…

Focusing of preventative healthcare and related programs should be a top priority for the government. “Healthy behavior can help people avoid disease and injury or prevent disease or injury from getting worse” (Knickman & Kovner, 2105, p 7, para 5). Prevention programs can ultimately drive the costs of healthcare down.

High Deductibles Impacting Healthcare Delivery

Many patients face the burden of deciding whether or not to seek healthcare due to high deductibles on their insurance plan. It’s truly unfortunate that when people actually have insurance, they are unable to afford to use it. While health insurance premiums are affordable for most people, the high-deductibles are not (Pear, 2015, p. A22). Although the Affordable Health Care Act dramatically reduced the population of uninsured individuals, it did not solve the high cost of health care for many Americans. Simply put, patients with high-deductible plans often do not seek treatment when they need it, or if they do, are unable to pay for some or all of their bill. In addition, patients with high deductible plans may be treated differently in the health care setting. According to Kutscher (2015), “High-deductible plans are changing the way health systems interact with their patients, from where they get care to how they're presented with their bills” (para 1). The article written by Kutscher has solidified my stance on believing the government should address the issue of high-deductible insurance.

Health Care for All Essay

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Access to preventive health care should not be definable as one of life’s luxuries, yet that is what is has come to be for the approximately “50 million Americans” who have no health insurance (Turka & Caplan, 2010). Clogged emergency rooms and “preventable deaths” are just two of the consequences associated with the lack of health insurance that would provide access to preventive care (Turka & Caplan, 2010). We as a nation are depriving our citizens of one of our most basic needs—being healthy. Countries that have universal health plans, like Japan and Germany, have better life expectancy rates, spend less on health care, and have more than double the number of its citizens insured (Stephens & Ledlow, 2010). While the debate over…show more content…

The emergency room has become the new primary care facility for the millions of uninsured in the United States. Thanks to an “unfunded mandate passed into law in 1986,” hospitals that participate in the Medicare program must “screen and treat anyone with an emergency medical condition” (Stephens & Ledlow, 2010). This unfortunately leads to emergency rooms full of people who may have something as simple as a sinus infection which then makes it really difficult for someone with a real emergency that did not require ambulatory transport to be seen in a timely manner. Another unfortunate result of this is that “over 1,100 emergency departments closed over the past decade” (Stephens & Ledlow, 2010).
Children in the United States are also suffering because of the lack of universal health care coverage. While there is coverage for children living at or below the poverty level, there is no coverage available for those children whose parents make too much money to qualify for the low-income programs and too little money to be able to afford health insurance. “These gaps in health insurance coverage may lead to delayed or unmet health care needs among children” (Kim & Viner-Brown, 2007). As a result, these children are less likely to be taken to the doctor for treatment of chronic illnesses like “asthma” or “recurrent ear infections” (Hoffman & Paradise, 2008). It boggles the mind to know that “uninsured newborns, even though they had more severe

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