Affordable Health Care

Affordable Health Care

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

The healthcare cost has continued registering an upward trend in the United States with price discrimination being highly registered in different hospitals. In DC a hospital charges $115000 for putting a patient on a ventilator while another hospital charges $53000 for the same service. In the year 2015 the healthcare expenditure increased by 5.8% to stand at 3.2 trillion that being an approximate $9,990 per person (Adler & Newman, 2002). The average economic share that was devoted for the healthcare expenditure in the year 2015 was 17.8% an increase from 17.4% in the year 2014 (Thompson & Thomson Gale, 2015). This shown how the healthcare cost has continued escalating and therefore making it unaffordable by the minority groups. The health care budget has been increasing yea in year out and therefore affecting the other program allocation.

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 form the private sector where the prices are uncontrollable and therefore making them very pressing (Adler & Newman, 2002). This therefore has made the healthcare cost rank among the most expensive services in the United States. 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 but the effects cannot be transferred to the results as the programs as only an approximate of 27% of the population enjoys the privileges (Walker, 2008). I believe that creation of awareness and ensuring that all the people are included in the program would go a long way I ensuring that the program allocation reflects with the people benefiting from the programs.

There are a lot of disparities, racial discrimination and discrimination in the United States health sector. The black Americans, the Hispanics and the Asians constitute 33.4% of the Americans population. These groups have not fully accessed the healthcare privileges enjoyed by the whites due to discrimination issues (Adler & Newman, 2002). This has therefore led to 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.

In order to realize the goals and objectives as stipulated in the health people 2020 program the health sector should ensure that the people enrolled in the healthcare program register an increase and that the chronic conditions in the country are greatly managed, prevented through creation of awareness to make sure that the final cost of the diseases management is reduced. Increasing the people enrolled in Medicare programs and other health programs through creation of awareness should be emphasized on as this would reduce the long run cost in managing the health conditions.

References

Adler, E., & Newman, K. (2002). Socio-economic disparities in healthcare 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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