The topic of undocumented immigrants is heavily debated across the United States. Furthermore, the concept of these undocumented immigrants receiving subsidized healthcare is an even more highly controversial matter. The conflicting sides are significantly divided even though the United States of America was founded upon the notion of freedom and the melting pot ideology. This paper will examine the dilemma of undocumented immigrants and access to subsidized healthcare; yield a few attainable solutions in addition to some recommendations for the future on how this issue may be solved.
The healthcare reform has been changing the usual life in both social and economic aspects of not only the residents but also the immigrants. Illegal immigration has both negative and positive impacts on different parts of the health economy. There have been many controversial opinions related to undocumented immigrants and their unofficial “grants” in health care system. With the healthcare reform in progress, it pushes the question further in term of both economic and political platforms.
The contentious debate about our healthcare system is an epitome of the ongoing political circus in America. With the 2012 elections looming just around the corner, we can expect the vitriol to rise rapidly. Our country spends twice as much on health care per capita compared to other developed countries. The current system is so dysfunctional and projected spending will increase every year, putting an unbelievable strain to our fragile economy. Majority of health care dollars spending are channeled on to patients with chronic illnesses, many of which can be prevented. Unfortunately, medical doctors practicing preventive care are being squeezed out of the equation. The shortage of primary care doctors in America is inevitable because of limited income, lesser prestige, and fewer opportunities.
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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.
In a rapidly changing healthcare environment wrought with financial pressures, government mandated performance incentives along with rising healthcare cost, hospitals have been challenged to meet the bottom line. Many hospitals have closed their doors while others have elected to cut staffing resources, programs and re-think their strategies (Barkell, Killinger, & Schultz, 2002). Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid recipients are now limited to six emergency room (ER) visits per year and nine primary care visits per year before they are forced to pay out of pocket or unable to pay. Many healthcare leaders now worry that emergency room reimbursement will be restricted and due to the growing number of uninsured, combined with a shortage of primary care doctors many patients will not be able to get into their doctors offices creating an overwhelming burden on already congested emergency rooms. Many patients return to the emergency room or seek primary care treatment in an ER due to factors related to medication noncompliance, whether it is lack of funds, transportation to their physician’s office or poor health literacy.
There are many reasons to question the goodness of Obama’s proposed health care bill. However, by looking at the bill closed-minded, the true potential is never seen. Of course continuing with the current United States health care system is always an option, but without reforming the system, expecting to see higher costs is inevitable. One thing that Americans need to strive for is making health care more affordable, which is the key to making the United States health care system sustainable once again (Mango & Riefberg). Currently, The United States health care system is the world’s largest, but it is also the most expensive.
The Affordable Care Act may be an expansion of Medicare that helps provide for needy United States citizens, but it negatively impacts members of the medical field. Many United States Citizens will receive medical care that they originally could not afford to receive, but not all citizens will be eligible for Medicare even with the program’s expansion. The Affordable Care Act could and will provide help to many United States citizens, but it will not perform its purpose efficiently without more thought and consideration of the act’s secondary effects. This act will prove to be both a tremendous help to those in poverty and a menace to those working in the healthcare setting.
Health insurance, too many American citizens, is not an option. However, some citizens find it unnecessary. Working in the health care field, I witness the effects of uninsured patients on medical offices. Too often, I see a “self-pay” patient receive care from their doctor and then fail to pay for it. Altogether, their refusal to pay leaves the office at a loss of money and calls for patients to pay extra in covering for the cost of the care the uninsured patient received. One office visit does not seem like too big of an expense, but multiple patients failing to pay for the care they receive adds up. Imagine the hospital bills that patients fail to pay; health services in a hospital are double, sometimes triple, in price at a hospital. It is unfair that paying patients are responsible for covering these unpaid services. Luckily, the Affordable Care Act was passed on March 23, 2010, otherwise known as Obamacare. Obamacare is necessary in America because it calls for all citizens to be health insured, no worrying about pre-existing conditions, and free benefits for men and women’s health.
Every single life on the surface of this earth has an equal right to existence. The life of an affluent American should not be worthier in the right to existence than that of a poor American. Neither should is the life of a bishop be more important than that of a Muslim child. Every life is sacred and equal. Without a healthy citizenry, no nation of people could fight enough to either demand for their freedom nor maintain the freedom that has been already gained. It is within that context that I declare that the right to an affordable healthcare is as sacrosanct as the right to be free, if not more! The president, Barack Hussein Obama, promised an affordable healthcare for all Americans during his run for the presidency. His promise to fix the healthcare crisis, inter alia , propelled his historic candidacy to the White House. The debate on the healthcare crisis has not waned following the election of president Obama. If anything, it has escalated in recent times in the media. Jumping into the fray of the political discourse in finding a solution to our healthcare crisis, it will be relevant to compare the healthcare systems of two developed countries that share a lot of similarities in their geography, their culture and their economic standing in the world. In comparing and contrasting the American and Canadian Healthcare Systems, I will explore the political ideologies involved, the historical context of the two systems, the performances of the two systems- vis-à-vis- which nation is healthier as a result of their adopted system, and which country is conservative in their ap...