Money has become increasingly more important to the people of America and is often the cause of judgment and ridicule, particularly among children and adolescents. Lewis Lapham states that America surpasses all other countries in regards to the “pursuit of money” and that people fail to notice the internal good qualities of others. Celebrities are a main example of this, as fans notice their riches, clothing, and other material objects before their personality and beliefs. In addition, children in middle and high school, particularly those who are not required to wear uniforms, are highly critical of each other based on wealth and clothing choices. All over the magazines, newspapers, and television, there are reports of what each celebrity is purchasing and wearing.
Widespread use of emergency contraception could prevent an estimated 1.7 million unintended pregnancies and 800,000 abortions each year ("Planned Parenthood," 1998). As of September 1998, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the introduction of new drugs into the marketplace, has approved a total of 10 brands of combination-hormone pill brands suitable for use as emergency contraception pills. For those who are unable to take the hormone pills there is an option of an intrauterine device. Raising awareness of emergency contraception and allowing health care workers to provide emergency contraception pills to patients who may be at need in the future could dramatically decrease the numbers of unintended pregnancy and all the consequences that result. Emergency contraceptive pills are ordinary birth control pills containing the hormone estrogen and progestin.
Youth and Beauty America is a prosperous country. In fact, sociologists have discovered a uniquely American disease that they call “affluenza.” This term refers to the stress and related disorders that develop from Americans’ need to constantly spend money on material possessions and supposed self-improvement. It is not enough to just be comfortable, we must have it all and look perfect. We work ourselves ragged and neglect our families and relationships just so we can buy the latest television, even though the three we already have work just fine. People in third world countries struggle to keep their children fed.
The other forty-nine states are significantly below $400,000,000. “Forty percent of medical malpractice claims lack any evidence of either a medical error or patient injury” (Lazarus, 2013). Another major medical malpractice problem is the unnecessary procedures being ordered. The malpractice insurers have recommended women to have yearly mammograms. These mammograms cover the cost of lawsuits for late diagnoses of breast cancer but not the health risks the mammograms present (Avraham, 2011).
Fourth, they save lives. “The American Cancer Society estimates that, in 2010, about 207,000 women developed invasive breast cancer; 54,010 developed non-invasive breast cancer…And yet 90% of the women who are diagnosed with breast cancer this year will probably be cured following initial treatment (Bluming 133)”. “Mammography techniques are improving too, Newer scans in development, such as molecular breast imaging and tomosynthesis (which creates a three-dimensional image of the breast) may soon improve the accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis and reduce the risk of false positive results (“Do you…”)”. So ask yourself, what would it hurt to get mammograms? They could potentially be a life saver.
This is an increase of 32 percent, up from around 6.6 million procedures performed in 2002. These numbers are simply cosmetic surgical procedures, people who have elected to have surgery to improve their features, and do not include reconstructive or necessary plastic surgery. Eighty-two percent of the people who have cosmetic surgery are women. The most popular procedures are nose-jobs, followed by liposuction, then breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, and finally facelifts. Patients are also becoming younger.
On the down side, they only treat a limited number of ailments. I have never been to urgent care, but they are an alternative and could possibly be less costly than an emergency room visit or doctor visit. Pharmacies have started the $5 and $10 list, so that many people can afford a large variety of medications. Even pharmaceutical companies offer coupons for certain meds. There are resources, but some are elusive and some just aren’t affordable.
Introduction The United States uses nearly $9,000 per capita on healthcare expenditures, which is significantly more than all other countries. Why do we spend so much more when our quality doesn’t even compete? Several medical examinations and procedures performed on patients are completely unnecessary. For example, some women have a specific date to which they would like to give birth, so they will request an early elective delivery. An early elective delivery is labor that is induced between 37 and 39 weeks of pregnancy, and is also induced without any legitimate medical need.
Another argument for it is that by having it privatized and as a function of a capitalized system, competitions force drives medical breakthrough rates much higher than anywhere else in the world. I will make my position clear. When it comes to the issue of healthcare, I do not value one human life more than another. I rather see everyone receiving mediocre to good care as compared to our current situation which leaves a tremendous amount of Americans suffering. Frosch, Dan.
Medical ethicist Harriet Washington writes of how 10 percent of all medical research is dedicated to 90 percent of the world’s ailments (p. 314). Pharmaceutical companies invest such a small percentage of their efforts into research, because there are no lofty profits to be had, investing in medicines that protect patient welfare. Big Pharma boasts that its’ high prices are necessary to recoup their gigantic investments in developing patented medicines.