Charity described the truth and the overall message that “Sicko” gave, which was that the “insurance companies are making a killing at their expense”, when in retrospect they are supposed to be saving lives. While agreeing, he also points out that the hospitals and service given in other countries is not as nice as it is made out to be. I agree with this and although this may be true, it is after all, free health care. Also, us Americans are used to hotel style hospitals and health care companies spending millions on hiding the fact that they are indeed hospitals. He also points out that “the World Health Organization report cited in "Sicko," which placed the U.S. at No.
He feels that details cause error and error in turn causes unnecessary stress. The point is well taken, however one major problem with this concept is the fact that the world revolves around time. Without time and urgency in life nothing would ever get done. People need deadlines and in all honesty people need pressure. Natural competition is what leads to breakthroughs in medicine and the new, better improved buildings that restore our beloved hometown communities.
Why we should have Universal Health Care Did you know that 45,000 Americans die each year because they can’t pay for medical help. Universal health care is the remedy to the problem we face. A universal health care system extends care to anyone regardless of social status or bank account. Secondly it will reduce overall medical costs. Thirdly there would be a greater demand for doctors creating more jobs.
It is the only industrialize nation that does not provide health coverage to all of its citizens. There is widespread opposition to providing universal health care because of the substantial cost that will be added to the country’s budget that is already heavily burdened. Indeed, while this is a valid and understandable concern, every citizen in the United States has the right to quality health care coverage. The cost of health care has been on a steady rise for the past several years. According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, the average cost of family insurance coverage in the United States was $13,000.00 per year in 2009.
I. II. Extent of the Problem Imagine being really sick, getting a denial letter from your insurance company, and you have no money to get yourself treated. If you are an American, you will have no choice other than to go bankrupt or to eventually die of this illness. The United States is the only major industrialized nation that fails to cover all of its citizens with health care coverage. Nearly 47 million Americans, or 16 percent of the population, were without health insurance in 2005, the latest government data available (DeNavas-Walt).
There is a great deal of controversy over the availability of health care in the United States. The year 2008 is a presidential-election year, and nearly every candidate for the presidency also has a platform that includes health care reform. The fact that, “The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not provide universal access to health care and that the United States has the most expensive health care system of any industrialized nation” (Marshner) should be a wake up call to every citizens. However, The United States government guarantees our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the Constitution. The right to life is as fundamental as it gets.
Davis wishes he lived in some other country where he could have better access to healthcare. If he lived in Great Britain he would not pay for his healthcare. While they work they pay higher taxes to cover the cost of healthcare, but his healthcare would not stop if he lost his job. There is more access to healthcare for children, unemployed, and retired persons regardless of their income. They receive no medical bills; therefore, there is no threat of bankruptcy due to a medical condition.
Today, it is estimated that over 45 million Americans lack health insurance. Of those uninsured, over eighty percent are working, middle class families. The rising costs of healthcare has caused many American’s to just simply “do without”, and employers are struggling to provide adequate coverage for employees. Of those employers who are able to provide insurance, many of the plans cover only a small number of doctors visits’ a year, and fractional percentages of total prescription costs. It is no secret that the United States has a flawed health care system that needs to be changed drastically.