Healthcare for the Amish Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Healthcare for the Amish
An argument that a governmental health plan for the Amish population will be a waste of taxpayer dollars.
# 148219 | 856 words | 2 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 03, 2011 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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The paper explains that the Amish do not believe in subsidized government health care and are a fiercely independent and self-sufficient people. The paper then considers the benefits of more home visits by doctors and the offering of an advanced medical education to some of the Amish young people. The paper argues, however, that it is unlikely that any actions taken to create local medical centers peopled by professionals, or trained Amish citizens, would have much bearing on the health issues or healthcare of the Amish population.

From the Paper:

"One of the health issues that might be more appropriately addressed by these local centers is the issue of non-appropriate advice being circulated among pregnant Amish women who, according to Miller, "often seek prenatal care from lay practitioners and female relatives" (pg. 163). One of the reasons behind such action is likely that they have no professional medical workers to seek such advice from. The closeness of their community provides them some sense of security but it is always nice to have professionals close at hand in case of any trouble. Miller's study shows that "pregnancy outcomes for Amish women are reported to be similar to those in the general population" (pg. 163) but one particular reason for Miller's study in the first place was the high incidence of "certain rare genetic diseases" discovered in certain Amish communities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • GP home visits have become a thing of the past; (2005) GP: General Practitioner, pg. 8, at: accessed May 3, 2009
  • Miller, K.; Yost, B.; Flaherty, S.; Hillemeier, M.M.; Chase, G.A.; Weisman, C.S.; Dyer, A.M.; (2007) Health status, health conditions, and health behaviors among women: Results from the central Pennsylvania women's health study; Women's Health Issues, Vol. 17, pp. 162 - 171

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