According to Sanders (2009), “Health care is a human right, not a privilege.” He further suggests that it should never be commodified. A good reform is one that gets rid of the domination of insurance companies. This is due to the fact that large amounts of money will still be needed in other payments rather than for health care (Sanders, 2009).
According to Diaz (2004), the health care is a privilege in the United States, which should not be the case. The high cost of prescription drugs has been a barrier to provision of efficient health services (Diaz, 2004).
Is health care a right or a privilege? Every citizen should be able to access quality and affordable health care. It is not a privilege but a right. The ethical explanation to this is that most deaths are normally associated with ailments and conditions which can be prevented in early stages. Most people get to the doctor when their conditions have become chronic. Is it their fault? The health care system is complicated and unaffordable to many citizens.
Health Information Privacy
This rule requires that the patients’ information is kept confidential. It is governed by standards which have been set nationally. It only allows such information to be disclosed for the purpose of attending to the patient.
This federal law protects both oral, electronic and information in writing. The patient has the right to access the information, make any changes, and decide on who should view the information. Why is this necessary?
This ensures that the vital and confidential health information is not viewed by everybody. Some health information should only be shared between the doctors or nurses and the patients (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2010).
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996(HIPAA)
This offers protection to those who are in health plans and their beneficiaries. It gives an individual the right to acquire personal coverage. This applies to people who have no collective health plan. On the event that an individual changes or loses his or her job, the HIPAA protects them (Hrtw National Resource Center, 2010).
The health care laws have greatly helped in governing the provision of quality health services which is affordable to every citizen. Though challenges have been met, there has been an improved effort in the provision of these services. The health care bill will ensure that insurance cover is affordable to every individual.
Diaz T., (2004). Health Care should be a Right. Retrieved on 6th April from http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20041204/ai_n11483330/?tag=rbxcra.2.a.33
Hrtw National Resource Center (2010). Health Care: Laws, Legislation & Statutes. Retrieved on 6th April from http://www.hrtw.org/healthcare/laws_leg.html
Sanders A., (2009). Health Care is a Right. Retrieved on 6th April from http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20090916/ai_n35664535/?tag=rbxcra.2.a.55
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2010). Health Information Privacy. Retrieved on 6th April 2010 from http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/