Universal Health Care Essay

1480 WordsNov 13, 20126 Pages
The need for a new healthcare plan has never been so urgent- that is, with millions of Americans uninsured and a failing money-draining insurance system, America needs a new healthcare policy that does not leave gaping debts in the National Treasury and promote the loss of life for money. The United States must implement a federal universal health care system to save millions of lives while preserving its economy. What is the purpose of a health care system? The encyclopedia of health defines it as “The prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions”, or, essentially, the process of saving lives through the use of money. The American health care system is in shambles. An spike in the number of uninsured Americans peaked in 2007 with 47 million individuals without health care, which comprises a third of the country when combined with those under inadequate and/or overly expensive insurance plans. Also, the Land of the Free spends 15% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on health care services, the most in the world, but quality care for its citizens cowers behind advances in other countries, such as Britain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, with America ranking 18th in life expectancy, 16th in infant mortality, and around 67th in immunizations. Federal spending surpasses those of other countries, but receives fewer benefits and more complications. The current trend in public health insurance spending, if continued, will result in debt and eventual dismantlement by 2019. The programs, which only serve 42 million Americans, consume 13% of the nation’s annual budget. As ironic as it sounds, expanding current systems to a universal one will dramatically reduce costs while providing coverage to all. Proponents of a universal health care

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