Affordable Health Care

Affordable Health Care

Introduction

Thesis statement: Affordable health care is vital to the economic growth, as the technological advancements have made the healthcare more sophisticated and unaffordable for the minority. The health sector in line with the aims and objectives of healthy people 2020 program has developed organizations offering Medicare and Medicaid programs with an aim or reducing the healthcare disparities and discrimination.

Claim1: The healthcare cost has continued registering an upward trend in the United States with price discrimination being highly registered in different hospitals.

Evidence: In DC a hospital charges $115,000 for putting a patient on a ventilator while another hospital charges $53,000 for the same service. In the year 2015, the healthcare expenditure increased by 5.8% to stand at $3.2 trillion that is an approximate $9,990 per person (Adler & Newman, 2002).

Evidence: The average economic share that was devoted for the healthcare expenditure in the year 2015 was 17.8% increase from 17.4% in the year 2014 (Thompson & Thomson Gale, 2015).

Discussion: This show how the healthcare cost has continued escalating and therefore making it unaffordable by the minority groups. The health care budget has been increasing year in year out and therefore affecting the other program allocation.

Claim 2: The Medicare program introduced in the United States does not cover the elderly fully and therefore this has led reduced accountability and transparency in the department as the funds channeled to the program cannot be fully equated or measurable to the advantage it offers to the general public.

Evidence: The Medicare program covers 17% of the population for the people aged 65 years and above. The rest of the population that is approximately 60% of the population gets the health insurance cover from the private sector where the prices are uncontrollable and therefore making them very pressing (Adler & Newman, 2002).

Evidence: Approximately 64% of the healthcare budget issued to fund health programs like Medicare, Medicaid, children health insurance programs, as well as the veterans’ health association. This cannot be transferred to the results as the programs as only an approximate of 27% of the population enjoy the privileges (Walker, 2008).

Discussion: I believe that creation of awareness and ensuring that all the people are included in the program would go a long way in ensuring that the program allocation reflects with the people benefiting from the programs.

Claim 3: There are a lot of disparities, racial discrimination and discrimination in the United States health sector.

Evidence: The black Americans, the Hispanics and the Asians constitute approximate 33.4% of the Americans population (Adler & Newman, 2002). These groups have not fully accessed the healthcare privileges enjoyed by the whites due to discrimination issues.

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Discussion: This has therefore led to the deterioration of their health status and therefore increasing the mortality rate even in situations that are manageable. Most of these groups are highly affected by the chronic conditions and the fact that they have no access to good health insurance policies or good job they are not able to cater for their medical bills.

Conclusion

Call of action: To attain the objectives of the health care industry, the health sector should ensure that people enrolled in the health care program are increased. The chronic conditions in the country should be managed, prevented through the creation of awareness to make sure that the final cost of the management of the diseases is reduced. Increasing the people enrolled in Concluding statement: Medicare programs and other health programs through the creation of awareness should be emphasized on as this would reduce the long run cost of managing the health conditions and hence reducing healthcare burden by the minor and the low income earners.

References

Adler, E., & Newman, K. (2002). Socioeconomic disparities in health care facilities: pathways and policies. Health Affairs.

Walker, R. (2008). The costs of child poverty for individuals and society.

Thompson, T., & Thomson Gale (Firm). (2015). The Affordable Care Act. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press.

 

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