The rising cost of health care has cause the government to step in and control regulations and spending; thus creating a health care reform system. America is now entering into this reform. The purpose of having a universal health care system is to provide covered care for all its residence, dispel misnomers about the program, and America's health care system, before Obama Care, was organized around private insurance companies, which many of our citizens could not afford. With the new Obama health care system, everyone pays into the system and everyone receives care. Just like Britain's health care system, they provides free public healthcare to all permanent residents at the point of need.
However, the free health care is a massive benefit to society. The NHS employs over 1 million people so provides many jobs and lowers unemployment. The system in the UK for receiving health care is that you must first go to see a general practitioner, whose salaries are paid for on a capitation basis. They can then either decide that you do not need treatment, you need to be prescribed medicine, or you should be referred to see a specialist. The specialists are paid for on a salary basis.
In the 1930’s there was a want for health insurance, however, no attention was paid due to other priorities of the Roosevelt administration. Yet, the Social Security Act is passed, once The Depression is in full swing. The 1940’s held big changes for people due to World War II. Wage and price controls were set on American employers. This compelled the companies to offer health benefits, in order to win employees over.
History of U.S. Health Systems The need to supply quality health care for all U.S citizens has been a major concern for the people as well as the government from early on in our nation’s history. The ever increasing costs of health care led to many attempts to institute national health systems, but these attempts were defeated and the development of private health insurance was instituted. Although this has brought health care coverage to many citizens it has left many people without coverage, and has not affected the cost of health care as hoped. More attempts to institute a national health system have been attempted and met with defeat, but according to (Quadagno, 2004) "legislation was successfully passed in 1965 to provide governmental financing for health care services for the elderly and the indigent” this was the introduction of the government programs Medicare and Medicaid. Even with these government programs in place the cost of health care still rose at an astounding rate and other attempts to control costs were implemented.
The American Economy Stance Paper #3 Universal Healthcare The United States proudly proclaims itself as a free-market society without a managed economy. This proclamation can be put into question when government officials are calling for healthcare to be managed as a socialist program. There are inherent flaws in attempting to provide every citizen in the United States with free healthcare. Firstly, it would cause the American people’s already high taxes to skyrocket all the more; it would contribute to the degradation of quality within our healthcare system, and it would create extremely long waiting lists for any patient that might need urgent care. First and foremost, creating a system in which healthcare is “free” is incredibly misleading.
Now you are left with a financial burden of a major illness and we all know that it can be very devastating. I believe that health care should not only be offered but it should be made affordable for everyone. The U.S should immediately adopt the universal healthcare because it will benefit us all and make life easier for everyone. As of today health care has become a controversial topic. After decades of failed attempts by democratic presidents; president Obama finally signed the health care reform in March 2010.
The United States is the only industrialized country that does not recognize the human right to health. Franklin Roosevelt in 1943 proposed a "Second Bill of Rights" in which he defined freedom to include "the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health" (Carmalt & Zaidi, 2004). Historically, Americans and their leaders have advocated for a higher standard of living for all yet have fallen short on this issue. When the government and the people of the United States recognize that health care is a right for everyone the citizens of this country will be healthier for it. Carmalt, J.
They can raise prices at any point. However, I think that for our nation to move forward we need to limit the costs of health care. It should not be a completely profit driven industry which it is at this time. A change needs to occur to make the insurance companies focus on helping people rather than making money. All individuals should have access to health care including those who can not afford to pay for it.
In order to provide free education for medical students, malpractice insurance for physicians, and free health care for everyone, taxes need to be raised. Ultimately, all Americans can have health care if we pay higher taxes instead of paying the insurance companies. Bibliography 1. Karen Davis, Cathy Schoen, & Kristof Stremikis, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally 2010, http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Fund%20Report/2010/Jun/1400_Davis_Mirror_Mirror_on_the_wall_2010.pdf. 2.
Would it be better for the United States? In order to make a clear decision of which could potentially be better for a country you need to have a fine understanding of the two kinds, and you need to understand the ins and outs. In a public healthcare system the people of a country pay high taxes to build a nice bank account that goes toward paying for complete healthcare to all people in the country. The high taxes may contribute to the economy by taking a percentage of money out of the people’s hands, but to pay off the costs the people are then provided health coverage that any family income can afford. This may seem like a win/ win situation but there is much more to it than that.