Reform Healthcare in America to a Socialized Model

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Despite the best efforts to stay healthy, periodic problems with one’s health are an unavoidable part of life. While many of these injuries or illnesses will pass without problem even if untreated, every person will almost inevitably face the occasional health issue that demands attention. The appropriate response to this ailment may involve going to a hospital to consult a physician, and with this step, the situation can become very complicated, particularly for Americans. Current Significance of Healthcare Issues in the United States The significance of issues of healthcare in the minds of Americans was made especially clear this year with the recent presidential election. According to a survey taken between September 2003 and January 2004 by the nonprofit foundation The Commonwealth Fund, 57 percent of Americans classified the presidential candidates’ policies on reforming the healthcare system as “very important” in determining their vote for president (as cited in Mundell, 2004, para. 5). The large amount of concern regarding the issue of healthcare likely represents the widespread dissatisfaction with America’s current system. A 2004 Commonwealth Fund International survey indicates that citizens of the United States have significantly more negative feelings about their country’s healthcare system than any of the other industrialized nations that were surveyed, with one-third of adults in the U.S. calling for restructuring of the healthcare system (as cited in Gardner, 2004, para. 8). Since so many people are calling for change and demonstrating serious concern, the importance placed on the issue is logical. Identified as the “single greatest problem confronting all Americans” on the cover of the Erik Eckholm’s analy... ... middle of paper ... ...(2001). As sick as it gets: the shocking reality of America’s healthcare. Dunkirk, NY: Olin Frederick. Mundell, E. (2004, March 29). Poll: Health Care Key Issue in ’04 Election. Health Day News. Retrieved November 1, 2004 from Nayeri, K. (1995). The Cuban health care system and factors currently undermining it. Journal of Community Health, 4, 321-334. Abstract retrieved November 2, 2004, from PubMed Central database. Raffel, M. and Raffel N. (1994). The U.S. Health System: Origins and Functions. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers, Inc. Socialized medicine. (2003). In The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed ( New York: Columbia University Press. Strosberg, M., Wiener, J., & Baker, R. (Eds.). (1992). Rationing America’s medical care: the Oregon Plan and beyond. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.
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