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The Broken Healthcare System of The United States

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An issue that is widely discussed and debated concerning the United States’ economy is our health care system. The health care system in the United States is not public, meaning that the states does not offer free or affordable health care service. In Canada, France and Great Britain, for example, the government funds health care through taxes. The United States, on the other hand, opted for another direction and passed the burden of health care spending on individual consumers as well as employers and insurers. In July 2006, the issue was transparency: should the American people know the price of the health care service they use and the results doctors and hospitals achieve? The Wall Street Journal article revealed that “U.S. hospitals, most of them nonprofit, charged un-insured patients prices that vastly exceeded those they charged their insured patients. Driving their un-insured patients into bankruptcy." (p. B1) The most expensive health care system in the world is that of America. I will talk about the health insurance in U.S., the health care in other countries, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, and my solution to this problem. The United States health care is structured badly. The insurance companies only look out for themselves; they think of ways they can save money not spend it. When you file for health insurance, companies will look through your application and medical records as if it were a murder investigation. They will try to find any flaw possible in your application just so they would not have to pay for your medical bill. The health insurance companies have an extremely long list of medical conditions you may have that they will deny you for. They will reject you if the surgery is considered experimental,... ... middle of paper ... ...on, which consists of not making tons of money, but in helping people fight their health problems and saving lives. That is why we should have a socialized/publicly funded health care system. To ensure that everyone gets the proper medical care, no more denying people because they do not have insurance. Works Cited Herzlinger, Regina. Who Killed Health Care? America’s $2 Trillion Medical Problem And The Consumer-Driven Cure. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. Print. Lucette, Lagnado. “Anatomy of a Hospital Bill,” Wall Street Journal, September 21, 2004, p.B1. Print. Moore, Michael, narr. Sicko. Dog Eat Dog Films Weinstein Company, 2007. DVD. Palmer, Donald. “Utilitarianism,” Does the Center Hold? An Introduction to Western Philosophy. 5th ed. 264-271. Print. Unkown. “American Medical Association,” The New York Times, June 15, 2009, p.2. Print.
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