Is health care a basic right?
Can it be limited if the cost of providing unlimited treatment is prohibitive? If so, should it be regarded as a commodity and limited by market mechanisms, or should it be rationed by government regulation? If not, how can the nation pay for it? Health Care, like all other services comes at a financial cost. While we should strive to make health care available and affordable to all, the bottom line is that it is a service that can only be provided if the voting populous agrees on its need. Basic human rights do not cost money. We have the right to life and liberty which is great and we do not have to pay for it. We have the right to basic medical care as well. But we can only have that if other people pay for it. And that is the problem with health care as a basic human right. The only way it can happen is if the rights of others are curtailed. Some people will be forced to pay for it and others like doctors and nurses will be forced to provide it. All people of the world should be able to receive adequate health care when they need it. How this would work is another question all together. When we are talking about governments providing plans and systems for this to work it starts getting very complicated and ever the best and brightest have not come up with the golden bullet. Much work is still needed to figure this one out. Americans consider health care a basic right. Through Medicare, Medicaid, and employer health plan requirements government has arranged broad access to health care. Yet, like other rights, it is limited. For example, patients in managed care do not have the right to unrestricted care and some expensive treatments. Medical costs continue their rise and the nation cannot afford lavish, universal health care. Instead of a comprehensive rationing system imposed by government, market forces will determine how, when, and for whom care is limited. The HCA saga is a small, but conspicuous part of this trend. Having...
...HealthCareHealthCare: Right or Privilege?
By Katelyn Tohosky
August 11, 2013
There has been an ongoing debate for quite some time now about whether healthcare is a privilege that one earns or is a right. Throughout the news on television and throughout the newspapers and internet has been a lot of talk about the different types of insurances that we use to pay for medical care. Those insurances include the new Obama Care, Medicare for the elderly, Medicaid for the deemed needy as well as regular insurances that either employers or employees pay for out of pocket. Listening to the news as well as reading in the papers and on the internet all I hear and see is all the same things. What I haven’t seen or heard was anything about our values and ethics as people.
Would anyone think that it is okay to let someone die due to lack of health insurance or the wrong insurance? Everyone is different with their morals and values but I do not think that anyone would agree to letting someone die because they do not have insurance. I for one do not think that it is right at all and no matter what I think that if someone is ill then they should be treated right away. There was a Harvard Health study done...
...HealthCare" Right or Privilege"
There has been an active debate about healthcare reform among many Americans in the United States. Some the recent concerns and questions involving a right to healthcare are access, fairness, efficiency, cost, choice, value, and quality.
HealthCare" Right or Privilege"
Healthcare in the United States is provided by many separate legal entities. Healthcare facilities are largely owned and operated by the private sector. Health insurance is now primarily provided by the government in the public sector, with 60-65% of healthcare provision and spending coming from programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Veterans Health Administration ("Healthcare in the United States.," 2011).
In the United States, ownership of the healthcare system is mainly in private hands, though federal, state, county, and city governments also own certain facilities. The non-profit hospitals share of total hospital capacity has remained relatively stable (about 70%) for decades. There are also privately owned for-profit hospitals as well as government hospitals in...
... Should you have to work for your healthcare or is it a right that should be given.
March 21, 2013
Have you ever been in a car accident and the air bag deployed? It may have saved your life and you start to become thankful for having air bags in your vehicle. Now if an air bag weren’t place in the car then you would heighten the risk of getting injured and dying. This is also the same concept that goes with healthcare and us. If healthcare weren’t available to everyone then we would heighten the risk of dying if we get ill or injured. Healthcare should be a standard role in everyone’s lives just how airbags are standard in all cars that are produced in today’s society. That is why healthcare should be an essential and prominent right that should be given to everyone who needs it, because we all need it as our airbag to stay alive.
Lets start backwards to get some information on how healthcare has formed throughout history. President Teddy Roosevelt was the first to push universal healthcare for all Americans during 1912.1 Health insurance was largely unavilable at the time. Doctors were not as extremely educated enough about diseases to really provide much useful care to sick people and there for they didn’t charge very much. The Social Security Act became establish as a system of federal old-age benefits and to provide...
...Overview of HealthCare
Healthcare Policy & Regulation (HC320)
Instructor David Martini
April 06, 2015
Good health insurance can be expensive, and is therefore often out of reach for lower and moderate income families, particularly if they are not offered health benefits through work. To make coverage obtainable for families that otherwise could not afford it and to encourage broad participation in health insurance, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes provisions to lower premiums and out-of-pocket costs for people with low and moderate incomes. The adequacy of this assistance will be key determinants of how many people ultimately gain coverage and whether or not lower-income people will be able to use the health insurance they obtain. In the United States, healthcare providers (such as doctors and hospitals) are paid by the following; Private Insurance, Government Insurance Programs, and/or People (personal, out-of-pocket funds). In addition, the government directly provides some healthcare in government hospitals and clinics staffed by government employees. Examples of government funded facilities are the Veteran's Health Administration and the Indian Health Service. Private insurance can be purchased from for-profit and non-profit insurance...
...healthcare among all industrialized nations globally. Despite the huge spending, healthcare analysts argue that the U.S citizens do not experience the benefits of longer life. In addition, U.S still experiences high infant mortality, lack of universal access and does not offer quality care similar to most industrialized nations. In 2013, the U.S spent $ 2.9 trillion on healthcare and the amount is expected to be increased by 3.8% in 2014 (Young, 2013). It is anticipated that, quick economic recovery, aging population and Obama’s healthcare Act will add more American citizens to the health insurance rolls. This amount will approximately be 18% of U.S’s economy (Young, 2013). This paper seeks to examine U.S’s national healthcare spending. The research will look into a number of factors including the level of current healthcare expenditures to determine whether the spending is enough or not and areas where more budgeting/cut is needed. Furthermore, the paper will look into how the U.S healthcare needs are financed. Lastly, the research will forecast the U.S healthcare system by looking into future economic needs of the system, why they should be addressed and how they should be financed.
Current national healthcare expenditures levels.
With the implementation of Affordable Healthcare Act (Obama Healthcare), U.S budget on healthcare is expected to increase. The government plan to spend...
Significant HealthCare Event: Affordable Care Act
Tiffany L. Boldon
University of Phoenix
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (ACA) or Obamacare is the most signification change the U.S. medical system since Medicare and Medicaid reform during the 1960’s. The Affordable Care Act or ACA is designed to ensure that all Americans have medical coverage. It gives those that were uninsured a means to now have health insurance, offers a more affordable coverage to those who couldn’t afford their premiums, expanded the limitations on public insurance and subsidizes private insurance coverage, and with Medicare, expanded, reorganized, and reduced cost on some additional supplemental options. Identifying the impacts of such fundamental reform to the healthcare system was without a doubt a difficult task and hard to foresee. However these future impacts were foreseen in order for this legislature to pass. This paper discusses how the ACA changes healthcare, and the historical evolution that has already or what may be to come. It will also discuss my personal view on just how significant the impact has been.
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Obamacare was signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Barack Obama. The ACA was designed to offer healthcare to all groups of...
...The Role of The Public in The HealthCare System
The first and foremost among healthcare stakeholders is the pubic. Without the public, there wouldn’t be a need for the system. They are the one who pays for the service (tax or health insurance premium) and consume the service. Unfortunately, the gross combined enrollment of 119.249 million in Medicaid and Medicare in 2011 outnumbered the 112.556 million full-time workers employed in both the private sector and in government in 2011. (cnsnews.com)
The role and the view of the public have changed so much in the past few decades. In the 19th and early 20th century, providers distanced patients from awareness of costs and responsibilities. More recently, the public are more educated and more encouraged significantly in participating in every healthcare decision. Consumers have turned to the Internet in part because of the dissatisfaction with the amount of information available from traditional sources. The public cynicism spawned as increasing information about the problems of costs, quality, and access has become public. The public is more prepared with media and internet information, more informed about treatment options, and more concerned about cost. This more knowledgeable and involved patient population has placed a new challenge on the providers. (Sultz & Young)
...Landscape of Healthcare System
Margie R. Collins
HCS/490 HealthCare Consumer - Trends and Marketing
June 23, 2014
Mr. Lance Danko
The Changing Landscape of Healthcare System
“We do not have a healthcare crisis in this country - we have a health crisis with a healthcare system incapable of dealing with it.” ~ Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas “We have to move from illness to wellness. Businesses will have to invest in wellness. There is no choice. It’s not philanthropy. It’s enlightened self-interest.” ~ Shrinivas M. Shanbhag, Medical Adviser, Reliance Industries, India “Our vision should be to have the healthiest people, not just the best healthcare, in the world. With prevention and wellness as the cornerstone of our health policy, we can be number one in both.” ~ Newt Gingrich “
Shifts taking place
The healthcare industry is approaching an exciting model shift in patient engagement as we move away from being a mostly provider driven industry to a consumer driven one. Much like the financial, music, and publishing industries in the past, healthcare is becoming a mobile, consumer -driven industry. In this consumer driven model, patients drive healthcare industry spending and can receive and transmit health-related data in real-time. The main causes for this shift are the Affordable Care...