Healthcare System Essay

2540 WordsJun 8, 201211 Pages
Anew Healthcare System For the Nation The United States is currently the only country in the world, except for South Africa, that does not provide universal healthcare for their citizens. However, the United States does have 17 major healthcare insurance companies on the fortune 500 list. The Unites States currently has a population of 312.8 million people (The 2012 Statistical Abstract: Population). Around 62 million of that 312.8 million are walking around in debt without the assistance of health insurance and 15 million of that 62 million are children. The American citizens not insured often do not have the right amount of sufficient funds, or have been turned down by insurance companies due to prior illnesses or diseases. It is reported that 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition could be denied coverage without new health reform law. Without this new law it is predicted by the U.S. department of Health and Human Services that in 2014, 1 in 2 non-elderly Americans could be denied coverage or charged more due to a pre-existing condition (). Additionally, healthcare spending in the United States is estimated to be over 2.5 trillion, or 8,086 per person, which is an increase of seven percent since 2007, found by the U.S. Census Bureau (). Consequently, this is causing more American citizens to not purchase healthcare due to the economic depression. Nonetheless, one of the worries of Americans have with establishing a new health care system is that with government control over healthcare it will affect the choice of your procedures, ration all parts of healthcare, and the attempt to cut expenses will result in less research and development for new drugs. Critics of the new healthcare system complain that government control over healthcare will limit the flexibility of procedures and no matter what the doctor says; Obama administration plans to decide

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