Saul Diaz was a penniless, unemployed and uninsured undocumented alien living in Georgia. He got into a severe car accident. While he was in hospital, he racked up $1 million in medical expenses. Before being sent back to Mexico, he died. The uncompensated bill was left over for the hospital. An illegal immigrant pregnant lady delivered her baby in U.S. She received Medicaid on her baby and prenatal care. Under the Medicaid, she got paid for her child delivery cost, her Spanish interpreter and diapers for her baby (Guzzardi, 2). What is the common thread in these two stories? They are both about illegal immigrants who received medical care without paying for it. Here comes another argument: Should we provide health care service to illegal aliens who have not contributed to our country? Would that be unfair to our citizens because we had shared a piece of our properties with the illegal aliens? No matter whether the answer is “yes” or “no”, the illegal immigrants are greatly disturbing out health care system. Since World War II, poor workers from largely Agrarian, Catholic and authoritarian Spain flocked northward into industrialized and more democratic Germany and France to find jobs (Hanson, 1). Until now, people are still moving place to place for better living standard or better job opportunities. For some countries such as Mexico, people tries to get away from the impoverishment and the politic from entering U.S. borders illegally. According to “How Will the Illegal Immigrant Ends?”, Mexico’s per capita gross domestic products is only a quarter of the United States (Hanson, 2). Wages in Mexico are far lower than in America. Many Mexican came to U.S. to achieve better living standard even by illegal method. There are approximately 14 to 22 millions of illegal immigrants in U.S. currently, according to the data given by the Department of Homeland Security (Health Care Solution in the Real World). They are uninsured, most likely under the impoverished line....
Illegal Immigration and HealthCare
December 7th 2010
Christopher Columbus landed on the shores of America back 500 years ago in the year 1492. Were he and his crew the first illegalimmigrants in America? The land was occupied by another group of people that didn’t grant these explorers the right to have whatever they please without acquiring some kind of legal status. The topic of legal status might have been irrelevant back in those days but it surely is an issue that is widely talked about in today’s America. The issue of illegalimmigrants has been a hot topic especially when it comes to discussing whether these people should be allowed to have healthcare provided by a government that doesn’t recognize their status. The ethical question that comes into play here is whether the opportunity to have healthcare is a human right or not? If it is, then the United States government would be doing an injustice by withholding healthcare from anyone regardless of their status in society. This paper will discuss the reasons why the United States should grant illegalimmigrants (specifically undocumented workers) publically financed services; the main focus will be on healthcare. Also, an analysis of James Dwyer’s argument...
September 28, 2014
U.S. Healthcare System Paper
Government Involvement and Funding
The United States healthcaresystem is financed privately and publicly. Private coverage is through employers primarily and makes up approximately 54% of total healthcare expenditure. The federal government finances the remaining 46%. ( National Center for Health Statistics, 2009). ( Shi and Singh, 2013 ). Canada has a national insurance system that provides fifty/ fifty cost of sharing for territorial or provincial medical insurance plans. The Canadian system provides free universal coverage with care at the point of contact and is publically funded with tax dollars, even though it is privately ran ("Canadian HealthCare," 2004-2007) . The government of both nations are heavily involved in its nations healthcare on the legislative levels and contribute
Components of the of the U.S. system are physicians, nursing, midwifery personnel, pharmacist, and psychiatrists. Canadian components includes physicians, nursing and midwifery personnel, dentists, environment and public health professionals, and psychiatrist ( World Health Organization,2013 ). In Canada...
...Each year millions of illegal and undocumented immigrants enter the United States, most from Latin American countries, such as Mexico. Mexico is the largest single source of undocumented aliens in the U.S. and it is estimated that Mexican nationals may amount to 50% of the United States total. Immigrants flee their countries for a variety of reasons, such as, political repression, economic hardship, war, and poverty. Since there has been a spike in immigration, there have been policies implemented in an effort to keep the “other” out of the U.S. and from receiving public services, with an emphasis on “dark-skinned” and ethnic minorities. One such policy called the Personal Responsibility Act of 1996 and its amendments restricted federal and state benefits available to undocumented immigrants. Opponents argue that illegalimmigrants do not have a right to public healthcare because they do not contribute to the tax system and place a drain on the healthcare system’s resources. Supporters of illegalimmigrants receiving healthcare argue that healthcare is a universal right and should not be denied to a person based on citizenship status. Providing healthcare and other public services to illegalimmigrants, despite costs, are beneficial to the American community.
It is ironic that America is traditionally anti-immigration,...
...HealthCare for Undocumented Immigrants
Project Unit 9
Marycelis Rodriguez Lopez
October 26, 2010
HealthCare for IllegalImmigrantsHealthcare is a very complicated subject especially lately with the new reform that the government is implementing. A highly increasing portion of the population it’s currently uninsured not including a large percent that are immigrants in need of healthcare coverage. For this population we have to keep in mind that the status of the illegal population keeps growing every day. This raises the concern when it comes to health issues, it’s speculated that at least 95% of the undocumented people crossing the border have not had any proper healthcare in their entire life. Healthcare is a very popular and heated debate topic. When it comes to undocumented population; a lot of the debate topics we can find are the pro and cons of proving them with healthcare, the cost of it and who will be eligible for the new health bill recently pass by congress.
In the pro and cons people can find that there is a very large amount of the population unable to afford healthcare....
Access to HealthCare for Immigrants in NYC
In contrast to most industrially developed countries, American private-public healthcaresystem is far from being universal. However, healthcaresystem makes a difference in whether and when people get necessary medical care, where they get their care, and ultimately, how healthy people are. Research has repeatedly shown that the lack of insurance ultimately compromises a persons’ health because they are less likely to receive preventive care, are less able to afford prescription drugs, are more likely to be hospitalized for avoidable health problems, are more likely to be diagnosed in the late-stages of disease and once diagnosed tend to receive less therapeutic care (1).
Despite general agreement that equity is a part of the United States political culture, there is a little consensus on what is meant by equity in healthcare in US. There is a variation in health status by location, race/ethnicity, gender, and poverty level. This variation highlights the inequality in the health of the US population, a reflection on insufficient access to care and health insurance coverage for such a big group of population as...
Healthcare System in Turmoil
HealthCare Ethics & Law
Healthcare System in Turmoil
Patient access to care and the cost of care are two of the main reasons for the current turmoil in the healthcaresystem in the United States. With over 50 million Americans who are uninsured today patients continue to struggle in order to maintain their healthcare or trying to gain healthcare to comply with the new Affordable Care Act. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passing in 2010 some seem to believe a solution to some of the healthcaresystem issues that people were facing would be fixed. But in June of 2012 the law or rather the taxes were challenged in the United States Supreme courts by being stated that the Act be repealed as it was unconstitutional. With that the supreme courts upheld the law stating that it was constitutional and upheld the taxes. According to HealthReform.gov many Americans are not given choices of affordable health insurance based on the areas that they live in. "Fifteen percent of Americans in rural areas live in poverty, compared to 12 percent of people in urban areas, leaving many unable to pay for health insurance" (U.S....
...As a manager in the healthcare division, I would like to give you all the insights in to the current US healthcare system.As per our previous analysis,you might have understood the Medicare program in detail.So now let me explain you all about the current status of US healthcaresystem.
Current status of nation’s healthcare:
Healthcare will grab more and more headlines in the U.S. in the coming months. Any service that is on track to consume 40 percent of the gross national product of the world's largest economy by the year 2050 will be hard to ignore. Business management already feels the effects of healthcare costs more acutely than most consumers. Several recent studies and proposals shed light on the problem and possible solutions. They leave us with questions, too.
1. There has been a dramatic slow-down in annual healthcare spending growth.
2. Yet even with the slow-down, healthcare spending is at an all-time high, and the United States continues to spend much more than other countries without achieving better outcomes.
3. Healthcare spending will continue to grow faster than the economy and threaten the fiscal health of the United States.
4. There has been significant improvement in several key measures of...
Florida Hospital College of Health Science
January 20, 2013
The primary objective of any healthcaresystem is to provide adequate and effective medical care to the population. Healthcaresystems may vary due to political and other factors. Factors may include location, access to care, basic needs of the populations as well as economic status. However, the primary goal remains the same. Because of the ongoing need for government to allocate funds to the medical budget their involvement in healthcare cannot be discounted.
This paper introduces two major healthcaresystems. First that of the Netherlands and secondly, the United States. The pros and cons will be discussed, as well as the role and function of the government as it relates to healthcare. A compare and contrast of the differences and similarities of both systems will be made.
The healthcaresystem in the Netherlands is comprised of three distinct compartments and is mandatory for all residents and non-resident who pay Dutch...