Mission Impossible: The Nation’s Health Care

opinionated Essay
2250 words
2250 words

Today in the United States, any consumer is aware of two different types of bills: “regular” bills and medical bills. These bills, however, have a strong differentiation in their price. Trying to wrap laws and regulations around the health care system is not a new idea, yet recently the issues encompassing health care have increased significantly. The objective of health care, by definition, is to provide citizens with the safety and security of maintaining and restoring bodily health. This objective might be now seen as unattainable as the current system has become a massive complication of pleasing democrats, republicans, and everyone in-between. Still, most citizens agree that the United States health care system is a problem in need of a solution. In fact, a solution is drastically needed since the U.S. is currently ranked as one of the most ineffective health care systems among developed countries worldwide. If most people in the United States were asked what the biggest cause of the health care system’s inefficiency, they would all agree in saying it is due to the high price. Entering the twentieth first century, the efficiency of the health care system was in need of immediate help and was facing an abundance of problems. Throughout the year 2007, average health care costs rose to over $7,000 per person, amounting to over $2.3 trillion nationally (Forman). Statistics estimate that by 2011, national health care cost will surpass the $3 trillion mark (Forman). One reason for this huge increase in federal costs is that U.S. health care system is technologically outdated. Prices rise because there is minimal interaction between patients, doctors, and other physicians. In other countries, such as Australia and the U.K., docto... ... middle of paper ... ...e of American Health Care,” The Commonwealth Fund, January 2009. Davis, Karen. “You Can Get There From Here: Mapping the Way to A Transformed U.S. Health System,” The Commonwealth Fund, January 2009 Forman, Lillian E. Health Care Reform (Essential Viewpoints) Edina: ABDO Publishing 2009. “Issues Guide: Medicare Overview” Public Agenda, 10 May 2010. Lagoe, Ronald J. et. al. “Current and Future Developments in Managed Care in the United States and Implications for Europe,” Health Research Policy and System, London: BioMed Central Ltd. 2005. Moffit, Robert E. “The Rationale for A Statewide Health Insurance Exchange,” Heritage Foundation WebMemo, 5 October 2006. Starfield, B., Hyde, J. et. al. “the Concept of Prevention: A Good Idea Astray?” J Epidmeiol Community Health 2008: 580-583.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the u.s. health care system is a problem in need of solution since it is one of the most ineffective among developed countries worldwide.
  • Explains that the health care system's inefficiency is due to its technologically outdated nature and the fact that one out of nine families have no health insurance.
  • Explains that medicare, originally a government established program, has strayed far from home in terms of its core objective.
  • Argues that the u.s. health care system is straying from its roots of traditional care of patients and their well-being.
  • Explains that the united nations ratified the universal declaration of human rights in 1948, stating that every u.s. citizen is entitled to health coverage no matter the circumstances which they may, or may not control.
  • Explains that obama's vision of a universal health care system would ensure that all health policies were of quality, and all medical records nationwide were accurate.
  • Opines that mccain's plan aimed to lower costs across the board, provide more effective treatments, and tighten laws surrounding health providers.
  • Opines that obama and mccain's proposals sat on opposite sides of the spectrum, but creating a more viable solution would include elements from both plans.
  • Opines that without drastic improvement, the united states will continue to stray far behind other countries, diminishing the ability of the us to compete internationally.
  • Opines that health care isn't a human right, citing barlow, philip, and carmalt, jean.
  • Explains cutler, david m., delong, j. bradford, and davis, karen, "mirror mirror on the wall: an international update on the comparative performance of american health care."
  • Cites lagoe, ronald j., moffit, robert e. and starfield, b.
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