The American Medicare society today has made triumphal strides in medical advances; but has yet to ensure that each person has access to quality and affordable health care. Despite the injustice arrived at in relation to access to quality and affordable healthy care to all Americans, US have the necessary means to do better.
These are: the resources which are projected at a total of $3 trillion by 2014, the technology that is the health information technology and geneology, the expertise both in health care and research and the ideas to use when the policy window opens (Edward, 2002).
In order to correct these injustices or perceive disparities in access to medical services within US community, this paper calls for the nation’s political and corporate leaders, providers, and faith-based groups to join all Americans on systemic health care reform. To attain reforms, the paper shall focus on the four basic functional components of the U.S. health care delivery system: financing, insurance, delivery, and quality.
Therefore, the paper shall act as a voice for the voiceless and a stimulus of transformation so that the nation’s goal should be repositioned health care from its status as an important, but ultimately optional building block to one that is essential.
Statement of the health care Issue
It is evident that the American healthcare delivery system today is in the Eve of Destruction.
Thus is based due to destructive indicators such as expenditures for health care are spiraling beyond any single fix, the complexity of health care problems present more opportunities for medical error, ever increasing millions of Americans with limited access because of cost, availability, cultural misfit and the skyrocketing health care professionals with declining morale.
This is a few indicators that not only imply the importance of health care to the population, but also implicate the government challenge in relation to its principal role in implementing economic and social human rights.
The issues that surround US health care delivery system that hamper quality and universal access to all can be seen in terms of the general support within the health care sector for maintaining the status quo, despite acknowledgment that some level of change is necessary, inadequate information systems, an inappropriate balance between autonomy and accountability, misaligned payment incentives across the board and a system of regulatory oversight that is duplicative and costly.
With this issues being exhibited by America health care, then it implies that there is a problem worth of study curiosity.
The problems are: first, the patients continue to wander in the health care wilderness, without much hope of finding the path out. Second, the health care is costly and unaffordable to large part of population.
And third, many Americans experience hurdles to entering the health care system because of where they live, the language they speak, where they work, age , race, the level of previous exposure to our medical system and its payment mechanisms and ethnicity (Joann, 2006).
Thus, this problems faced by American community results to many lacking adequate health care options, and are at many times forced to use emergency departments for primary care.
Furthermore, research indicate that adults receive half of recommended care, the health insurance premium increases exceed earnings increases since 1988, and underinsured and uninsured are more likely to do without care due to costs as 59% not see a specialist, 54% skip recommended care, 25% not see a doctor (Edward, 2002).
This revelations purports that the country has no future as its generation can not be assured right to life through an accessible and quality health care. Indeed, the inefficiency and complexity of our system is a barrier to access and major impediment to effective and efficient treatment.
Therefore, supporting the current health care delivery system means supporting system that kills its own people it ought to safeguard. This insights to health care systems validates Joann’s (2006) statement that the American health care delivery system is in need of fundamental change
Health care dimension in any society globally is considered a fundamental and a central determinant of societal political, social and economical development and progress.
This is well reiterated by Guthier and Serber (2005), they state that national health care to a democratic nation is no longer matter of necessity, but is a matter that is highly regarded by global community as fundamental human right. He adds that, the right to health is the most basic economic and social rights as recognized by the global community.
According to Guthier and Serber (2005) the right to health refers to a fundamental right indispensable for the exercise of other human rights. In other words, health is critical aspect of a society that facilitates attainment of other necessities of the society such as educational, economical, political, social and developmental.
In this context, the issues that surrounds health care is not only limited to appropriate and timely healthcare, but also to the underlying determinants of health such as access to health-related education and information like sexual and reproductive health, adequate supply of safe food, nutrition and housing, healthy occupational and environmental conditions; and as access to safe and potable water and adequate sanitation.