Health concerns are foremost in the list of dilemmas an ordinary citizen. This is primarily because when speaking of health issues, it usually involves spending money. To top it all, it seems that quality health care can only be expected when you can shell out big bucks.
In a recent article publish in the July 2007 issue of Newsweek; it is very recognizable that Health care is one of the most talked about issues in the United States as well as in other countries.
The Article talked about the issue of Universal Health Care and the problem that people have had to deal with just to ensure their health will be taken cared of when the time comes for them to pay hospital bills. The article focused mainly on how big an issue the Universal Health care has become.
It all started with the proliferation of various insurance policies promising to cover certain illness here and there. Most policy holders became interested in getting insurance coverage for themselves in order to prepare for future hospital expenses which include hospital confinement among others.
However, some have complained of getting the shock of their life when they found out that certain insurance policies do not actually cover particular high cost surgery. This leaves the supposedly prepared individual to suffer the consequences and resort to unpaid bills or more often, to charity.
This is where the heart of the controversy begins. There was a proposal to have a Universal Health care system or in laymen’s term, “insurance for everyone”. This is to be done by the government by providing insurance for the citizens. Many disagree with this proposal because not only is it next to impossible, but because a lot of budget is needed.
The article emphasized that the American government is way behind other countries such as France and Canada in terms or providing health care to patients. It even pointed out that the government is spending billions of dollars amounting to more than 15 percent of its domestic product on health care alone. Compared to France, this is very high and connotes the mismanagement and misallocation of funds used to provide quality health care.
The article also made mention of a few reasons why there is not enough health care provided for individuals. One is the long wait patients have to endure before they get attended by doctors. This scenario is very disheartening considering the fact that the government boasts of being one of the most advanced and economically strong countries in the world. But the blame is only to be given to the lack of health insurance for all.
This is precisely because the mistake and the root cause of the problem are embedded in the system and not on budget spending alone. If the government can provide a way to assist the citizen by providing them health care for all policy, it needs to develop a system that will maximize the resources available.
To answer the looming problem, the government has acted on finding ways to create a system that will answer the basic needs for health care. As a matter of fact, Congress acted on the case of uninsured children by trying to make sure that more than 3 billion less privileged children be able to experience quality care through the Children’s health program.
With the way things are going, the article emphasized that current measures are being undertaken to find the best possible solution to this dilemma. More importantly, insurance providers should not only think of their profit but also of their moral obligation to provide assistance when necessary.
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