Uncompensated Care Pros And Cons

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One of the biggest issues that has plagued the United States for years is health care and how to ensure that all U.S. citizens have the ability to have access to health care. A solution to the universal health care dilemma came in the form of an individual mandate that requires most of the American population to have health-insurance' class='brand-secondary'>health insurance. Through the mandate however, there are certainly advantages and disadvantages that are products of the mandate. Social classes, especially have been affected by the mandate, and as a result, some of the pros and cons of the mandate can be attributed to class. However, personally speaking, requiring every citizen to get insurance is efficient and is helpful in achieving universal health care. Requiring…show more content…
Uncompensated care refers to hospital care people not possessing health insurance and being able to afford the cost of the health care service at hand. Uncompensated care turns out to be extremely expensive. According to The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, in 2004 the total amount of uncompensated care among the uninsured was almost 40.7 billion dollars (Hadley & Holahan, 2004, p.3). Unfortunately, with uncompensated care someone does have to pay for the cost of the care. The 2004 issue of The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured documents that in 2004 the primary source of funding for uncompensated care was through government spending and the amount spent on uncompensated care by the government was 34.6 billion dollars (Hadley & Holahan, 2004, p.4). Since 2004, the amount of uncompensated care and how much government spends on uncompensated care has likely increased. In theory, if uncompensated care is a result of the uninsured, and everyone now is required to and has health insurance, then the amount of uncompensated care should go down, which leaves more money for the government to spend on other issues. Overall, by requiring health insurance there are sizeable
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