Countless advancement in medical technology and healthcare have appeared, yet there are still obstacles present in providing quality healthcare for all citizens in Canada. An issue that has existed over a long period of time is the concern of health care and health delivery. The two systems that have been debated over are public health where the medical costs are covered by the government and private health insurance where the citizens have to pay for their own health care. Like many countries, Canada has a mixed public-private system where patients have freedom of choice between which healthcare they would choose for treament. Healthcare in Canada has been seen as a basic human right and is a critical public issue that solely be the duty of
Jeffrey Simpson’s book, Chronic Condition, is divided into two halves, the first half gives an informative history of Canada’s health care system, chronicling the challenges and problems it has faced to become what we know of today, which I found more compelling than the second. The second half of the book, argues Canada’s need to modernize its health care system. Simpson believes this can be done in four ways: by severely cutting health care spending, by increasing taxes, by incorporating privatization, and or by garnering savings by increasing efficiency. Yet with Canadian politics, politicians are hesitant to make any serious debate over health care because they know it is akin to the end of their political career to even suggest these things to the public. However, privately they become increasingly aware that at the rate health care system costs are skyrocketing, it is simply not efficient or effective with concerns to Canada’s aging population. Cost associated with Canada’s current health care system is growing faster than the revenues coming into the government.
The need for universal health care within the United States has been evident, and needed to be addressed. The old healthcare system was plagued with issues, including expensive premiums that were on the rise, along with an inflated average infant mortality rate and limited average life expectancy, which ultimately led to many people being left uninsured (“Affordable” 2). In the 2012 presidential election, one key issue was how to reform America’s broken health care system, and to instate a successful universal healthcare system that has resolved the previous issues. Being one of the last influential and competitive countries in the world without universal healthcare, the pressure was on for the United States to develop their own system. Since Barack Obama became president, Obamacare, instead of the proposed Romneycare, was born.
America is known for democracy, freedom, and the American Dream. American citizens have the right to free speech, free press, the right to bear arms, and the right to religious freedom to name a few. The Declaration of Independence states that American citizens have the rights including “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” America promises equality and freedom and the protection of their rights as outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. But with all the rights and freedoms that American citizens enjoy, there is one particular area where the United States seems to be lacking. That area is health care. The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have some form of legal recognition of a right to health care (Yamin 1157). Health care reform in the United States has become a major controversy for politicians, health care professionals, businesses, and citizens. Those in opposition to reform claim that health care is not a human right, therefore the government should not be involved. Supporters of reform believe that health care is most definitely a human right and should be available to everyone in the United States instead of only those who can afford it, and that it is the government’s responsibility to uphold that right.
The universal health care system is the development direction of the medical security system. At present, the universal health care reform faces two major problems. First, the enormous pressure from vested interests. The reform of the new medical system not only directly damaged the interests of insurance companies and large pharmaceutical groups, but also the interests of small business owners in a short time. Privatization and monopoly of the medical system make medical pricing lack of transparency, and hospitals and pharmaceutical companies enjoy huge profits. Anderson Cancer Center in 2010 the turnover of 2.05 billion US dollars, the profits is up to 531 million US dollars and the profit margins are as high as 26%. On the one hand, these big interest groups use the money to buy politics. On the other hand, they buy media and elite groups and use public opinion to mislead people. Second, universal health care is facing the challenge of traditional ideology. The reform of the entire healthcare system emphasizes the role of the government in the universal access to health care, which will stimulate the nerves of the American people, especially conservatives, who advocate freedom. Right-wing Republicans insist that only free markets are the only way out of medical problems, but that 's not the case. Political consensus and social common sense are the core of government reform of health
“The United States of America has the greatest healthcare system in the world”, is a popular claim made by many. However, this is untrue. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the best healthcare system is in France and not in the United States. The United States does not even rank within the top ten best health care systems, though it is ranked number one in health care expenditures. The United States ranks behind countries such as Costa Rica, the US has the thirty-seventh best healthcare system in the world (WHO Report 2000). The United States has had it history in trying to fix this ‘broken’ system. Some attempts have worked, while some have failed or are mired in controversy. Despite the many fixes or attempted fixes, still many remain without adequate care. Still, nearly fifteen to eighteen percent of Americans remain without health insurance (Health Care Coverage of the Total Pop.).Though it is a very difficult task, it should be a goal of the United States government to help provide adequate and affordable health care to its citizens because it is America’s basic premise that all men are created equal, and should be treated as so.
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 universal health care rages on here in the United States, we are ultimately spending more “on healthcare” while offering “fewer services to (our) citizens (Stephens & Ledlow, 2010).
LaPierre, T. A. (2012). Comparing the Canadian and US Systems of Health Care in an Era of Health Care Reform. Journal of Health Care Finance, 38(4), 1-18.
An analysis of the US and Canada’s systems reveals advantages and drawbacks within each structure. While it is apparent that both countries could benefit from the adoption of portions of the others system, Canada’s healthcare system offers several benefits over the US system.
In recent years, the number of Americans who are uninsured has reached over 45 million citizens, with millions more who only have the very basic of insurance, effectively under insured. With the growing budget cuts to medicaid and the decreasing amount of employers cutting back on their health insurance options, more and more americans are put into positions with poor health care or no access to it at all. At the heart of the issue stems two roots, one concerning the morality of universal health care and the other concerning the economic effects. Many believe that health care reform at a national level is impossible or impractical, and so for too long now our citizens have stood by as our flawed health-care system has transformed into an unfixable mess. The good that universal healthcare would bring to our nation far outweighs the bad, however, so, sooner rather than later, it is important for us to strive towards a society where all people have access to healthcare.
The campaign for some form of universal health care has spanned nearly a century in the USA and has been the subject of political debate since the early part of the 20th century. Recent reforms remain an active and urgent political issue. Universal Health Care has been one of the leading public issues in America and in recent times this issue has risen to the fore, because of its increasing prevalence in the government, market, and civil sectors. In this essay, I will be looking at why this issue can and does affect everyone, no matter which sectors we look at. I will be taking an in-depth look at the many reasons why this public issue is worth caring about and why it is such a hotly contested subject in today’s politics, jobs, and even our
In order to discuss health care systems accurately, there must be a definition of the different types of health care. According to T.R. Reid in his
Healthcare is at an ultimate peek; some people are saying that health care is to costly for most people, would a universal health care system would b e a much better solution? Healthcare is one of the most important area in the working field, due to the cost of the tools needed for this, paying nurses, food, and many other things that they have to pay for i believe that its costly for a reason. A universal health care is what they use in Canada, but using that as an example everything else is very expensive
Currently, there are three fundamentally different basic health care systems: preferably state (the United Kingdom), preferably insurance system that is introduced in European countries such
Consequently, we have the debate of whether health care should be a right or a privilege. Reid mentions in his book, The Healing of America, that United Kingdom, Japan, France, Germany, Canada all have universal health care. He also adds that they have better health outcomes than the U.S. in addition to lower infant mortality rates (Reid, 2010, p. 31-34). The U.S.’s mindset views health care as a privilege. However, President Obama brought his liberal agenda to the table and proposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2010 (Teutsch & Rechel, 2012). It is projected that by the year 2019, the PPACA will transform healthcare as a right rather than a privilege (Teutsch & Rechel, 2012).