Health Care in America is Essential to All

Essay by dpwboopUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, April 2004

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There are approximately 250 million people currently living in the United States of America, and every one of them has a need for effective, affordable and accessible health care services. Within the past thirty to forty years, the scope and cost of health care coverage and services has drastically changed. America's health care system is the most expensive in the world. We spend twice as much per person as other developed countries. That is not because we are sicker or more challenging and it is not because we get better results. By the normal measures of health for life expectancy, infant mortality, immunization rates are not as good as most other developed countries. In addition, the United States is most likely the only developed country that does not provide comprehensive health care to all its citizens. Millions of Americans are uninsured. This includes the sick, the poor, and minorities.

Most of the rest of us are underinsured, even while we sometimes receive far more of certain kinds of health care than we need. We need to reform the health care insurance system so that every American is covered.

My last employer was forced out of business due to economic failure. I lost my health insurance. One of the reasons, other than to further my education, I returned to college was to be able to utilize the Student Health Center to help ease the burden of high medical costs. Our health care system is shockingly expensive, yet inadequate and inequitable. The only likely explanation is that there is something about the system itself, and the way we finance and deliver health care that is enormously inefficient. We simply do not get our money's worth. Health care in America is unreasonable and inefficient. It costs too much, covers too little, and...