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Universal Health Care in America Essay

  • Submitted by: VantuE1
  • on May 31, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 2,043 words

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My project over the course of the program abroad was a focus on the health care systems of the countries we visited. This project was chosen for personal reasons, as I aimed to analyze the feasibility of a universal health care system in America. In order to understand the practicality of such an issue, I had to first understand the encompassing components: economy and politics.

The intrinsic nature of the program itself helped me to understand the politics and the history that set the precedent for contemporary issues, but exploring the economy took a bit more work. My main source of information came from the internet, especially from web sites for such organizations as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Health Organization (WHO), USAID, and various other economic forums. I learned a lot from these web sites, but the main thing I learned is that when it comes to an issue that is as expensive, convoluted and touchy as health care, nothing is cut-and-dry. When it comes to the quality and sustainability of people's lives, as the issue of health care does, people and programs abound to address the problems at hand. But the colossal scope of the issue that 'universal health care' implies is daunting, not only in the richest country in the world (America), and especially in poorer countries (Turkey, Morocco, Egypt).

I learned that health care is an issue that many governments cannot afford to touch. This is why organizations like the World Bank and WHO focus huge amounts of cash and manpower to addressing the issues of people that do not have a voice, like the rural poor in Morocco. If the World Bank did not report on the conditions of such people, how would the world ever know that "84% of the world's poor shoulder 93% of the global burden of disease while only 11% of the $2.8 trillion spent on health care reaches low and middle income countries (Preker & Carrin)."? How would we know that the underlying reasons of the...

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