Universal Health Care

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Healthcare in the United States is incredibly complex, and many Americans are still left underinsured or uninsured. A lack of universal health care coverage has left between 29.8 and 31 million Americans without insurance coverage (Shi & Singh, 2016, p.429). All citizens should have proper access to health care. The health of citizens should not be relegated to those of a particular income, health status, race, gender, language, geographic region, etc. The costs of health care have become so astronomical that only those who can afford care, receive it. The health outcomes of citizens have been significantly impacted by this when looking at particular populations of people in the country. Research outlines racial and financial disparities …show more content…

Rather than checking to see if a patient is insured or not, providers can automatically begin treatment. No longer would health care organizations have to apply for government money to compensate for the uninsured patients that they treat. This could allow for better access and equity of health care because people would have the ability to receive treatment at any facility and not just those who are deemed safety net centers. Facilities would be less burdened with ethical issues surrounding payment and insurance coverage. Removing these barriers would allow the health care system to improve efficiency and outcomes. With the idea of universal health care coverage in mind, there are challenges to implementing legislation that will benefit all individuals in the …show more content…

Americans have been skeptical on why other countries have universal healthcare coverage, but the United States does not. Part of the reason why the United States does not have universal healthcare is due to the long wait times reported in countries like Canada. In 2013, the average wait time to see a specialist in Canada was approximately eight weeks, versus 18.5 days in the United States in 2014 (Barua & Fathers, 2014). Medicaid is also an example of a current federally funded single-payer healthcare system that provides a right to healthcare for low-income people. In a 2012 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), approximately nine percent of individuals receiving Medicaid had trouble obtaining necessary care due to long wait times, versus the four percent of people with private health insurance coverage (U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2012). Overall, this results in a significant amount of people not being able to get the type of care that they need due to the long wait

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