The Failure of Our Healthcare System
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This writer provides the evidence to show that we need to overhaul the healthcare system in order to provide care for the millions of Americans that are currently unable to receive even the most basic treatment. The writer demonstrates how the current system does not function as efficiently or effectively as medical systems in other parts of the developed world. The writer then proposes his own solution to this crisis.
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From the Paper:"Of the many problems facing the health care system in the United States is the amount of uninsured Americans. There are an estimated 45.7 million Americans without health insurance. While some are the ultra-wealthy, who can afford health care outside of the insurance system, most of these individuals are not wealthy and without insurance cannot afford to meet the basic health needs for themselves and their families. There are 8.1 million children without health insurance (DeNoon, 2008). As a result of this, infant mortality rates are higher, life expectancies lower and the rate of immunizations is lower than for other nations in the developed world.
"The uninsured population exists largely due to systemic resistance to change in the current system. The beneficiaries of the system - insurance companies, drug companies, medical providers - spend millions to protect their investments (Seabrook & Overby, 2009). As result of this influence, there is considerable resistance in Washington to any effort to increase the effectiveness of the health care system, such that the current measures seem likely to fail (Detroit Free Press, 2009). Thus, not only is the current system not meeting the needs of Americans, but it is almost impossible to make significant changes to the system."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Gladwell, Malcolm. (2005). The Moral Hazard Myth. The New Yorker. Retrieved July 29, 2009 from http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/08/29/050829fa_fact
- DeNoon, Daniel J. (2008). 45.7 Million in US lack Health Insurance. WebMD. Retrieved July 29, 2009 from http://www.webmd.com/medicare/news/20080826/45-point-7-million-in-us-lack-health-insurance
- Seabrook, Andrea & Overby, Peter. (2009). Drug Firms Pour $40 million into Health Care Debate. NPR. Retrieved July 29, 2009 from http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106899074&ps=cprs
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- Spencer, Christina. (2009). Canada Ranks Second in Drug Spending. Sun Media. Retrieved July 29, 2009 from http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1649084
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