Our government spends billions of dollars keeping terminally ill patients alive. Tom Binning explains in his article, “The economics of dying,” that it’s the people right to fight to the end. With that being said, it should also be up to them to finance that fight. So that our government can invest those billions in our future instead of our dying legacies. Binning states in his article, “If an individual or family wants medical efforts to fight for life, then that individual or private insurance should bear full cost”(Binning 18). To leave the family with a financial ruin is by no means a form of consolation. If people can’t afford to fight to the end, they should at least have the option to die with dignity and instead of
Another benefit associated with free health care system is that it preserves life as it ensures free treatment to the entire citizens despite their financial status. Apparently, the life of a human being is sacred and incomparable with any amount of money. It is unethical for an individual to die due to lack of finance. As stated by Obama, the United States is known to have the most skilled doctors and healthcare facilities in the world (526). Ironically, the two third of the Americans have no access to health insurance cover, meaning, they cannot afford to get the health services from the best doctors and the best facilities in the country. To protect life and to avoid unnecessary deaths of the innocent citizens, free access to medical services should be a distinct system to be employed in the United States of America.
Even though free healthcare is negatively associated with U.S. debt, deficit, and higher tax pay, all Americans should have the absolute right to free healthcare because it can save lives.
Hospitals are a local monopoly. The result is that hospitals may tend to monopolize their local area, consolidating or driving competitors out of business and then charging rent-extracting prices for their services. Given the basic necessity of healthcare services and the resulting political sensitivity of the issue, this is generally viewed as a Bad Thing. So government serves a role by treating hospitals like an airport,
Health care is a very well known topic that is talked about in the United States. There are many reasons for free health care, but the main reason is that it is for the people who can not afford it. Health care is a necessary need for every human being, and it should be provided to every human, no matter how much money the individual have.
Throughout the modern era of the United States, one constant issue in society is free healthcare. This issue is not just an issue in the United States, but also in the whole world. Many other countries have made drastic changes in order to fix or at least attempt to fix this issue in their own country, but the U.S. has not done very much. Many Americans believe that free healthcare is something that tax paying citizens should be entitled to. These citizens of the United States ask why and how do many other countries have free healthcare, but the U.S. does not. These citizens ask this because they consider the fact that the United States is a very powerful country, but there are many other poorer countries around the world that have free healthcare.
America is known for democracy, freedom, and the American Dream. American citizens have the right to free speech, free press, the right to bear arms, and the right to religious freedom to name a few. The Declaration of Independence states that American citizens have the rights including “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” America promises equality and freedom and the protection of their rights as outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. But with all the rights and freedoms that American citizens enjoy, there is one particular area where the United States seems to be lacking. That area is health care. The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have some form of legal
America: The Land of the Free. Or, as someone who is familiar with the US health care system would call it, America: The Land of Overpriced Health Care That Covers a Fraction of it’s People. The US spends more money on their health care than any other country, yet there is a myriad of problems that exist within the system preventing it from being efficient. Billions of dollars are poured into the system for medication and treatment, when a lot of this spending is unnecessary.
Hospitals also attempt to provide every available service to their patients, some say in an attempt to do everything they can as a medical professional, others as a way to squeeze every last penny from a sick individual and even others a means to ensure patients do not sue the hospital for not carrying out their duties to the fullest. The major problem with hospitals and how they relate to healthcare however is the fact that your local hospital basically runs a monopoly system. In an emergency an American does not have the luxury to shop around the area hospitals looking for the best price they can, they are rushed to the nearest emergency room and are subject to the costs of care given. Americans have no say on the price of procedures, operations and medicines because they cannot use a market system to hold hospitals accountable for their prices. Furthermore, hospitals like any other business may merge to consolidate their power and financial influence. For example, the 1993 merger between two eminent Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital created a city wide influence on healthcare costs. When the two most prestigious hospitals in the state pooled their resources and merged, insurers and by extension their patients, had incredibly fewer options inside the city to take their money to. This new massive healthcare corporation, Partners HealthCare, could
33 million people in the United States did not have healthcare in 2014, according to the US census bureau. America, one of the richest nations in the world does not provide healthcare for its citizens. Although, so many nations do. Healthcare is a basic right that should be provided for by the U.S citizens regardless of religion, age, race, gender, and economic status. After all, our framers believed that Americans had natural rights, which are a right to life, liberty, and property. Healthcare is critical to establishing a just and fair society, while boosting the
(Pros and Cons) The money that is used to save the lives of terminally ill patients can be used for pre-natal care, infant care; it can also save lives and improve the long-term quality of life for other patients. A third reason is that it’s the patient has the right to choose whether they want to die or not. Assisted Suicide is a constitutional right. “Individuals have a constitutionally protected right to autonomously make the most intimate choices and decisions regarding their lives, including the choice to end their lives” (Bender 33). The Constitution does not say that the government has the right to keep a person from imposing any religious beliefs and choosing whether to die or not; people have the right to make their own decisions. “Two Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal…agreed that the Constitution forbids the government from flatly prohibiting doctors to help end such desperate and pointless suffering” (Bender 35). Another important factor is that vital organs can be used to save other patients. There are long waiting lists for patients in need of kidneys, hearts, livers, and other necessary organs. Also, when terminally ill patients request physician assisted suicide and are denied, the unbearable pain they are suffering may lead them to take their own life to relieve the
In 1997, NYU law professor Annette Gordon-Reed undertook the duties of a historian without abandoning her legal background. An American Controversy examines two relationships: The alleged one between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, and, more importantly, that between Jeffersonian historians and this potential stain on the legacy of the third President. At the time the book was written, the consensus among historians was that this alleged liaison between master and slave was nothing more than a myth. Reed's work attacks the journey to this consensus as much as it does the consensus itself, building up the argument for the affair's existence and ruthlessly attacking the ways in which and reasons why the possibility of the affair
As sad as it is for me to see this happen, I now understand that it is the circle of life in the medical field. There will be terminally ill patients that will seek years of treatment, but nothing will cure them properly, so they look to this sort of treatment as a last resort to put them out of their pain and misery. This type of treatment has rarely occurred since it became legal in 1994. Since then, 1327 patients in Oregon, 529 in Washington, and only 2 in Vermont have chosen this type of treatment (CNN Library, 2014). Although I will not be an influence towards any patient when they are making their decision, I will still be present in the building, and helping them with their paper work and insurance. The only influence I may have is on the doctors, while they are treating their patients, because ultimately everything they do must go through and administrator. While doing research, I read an astonishing article where “hospital administrators encourage their medical staffs to recommend physician-assisted suicide to hospital in-patients in order to cut down on costs” (Mehlman, 2015). This poses an ethical concern because this type of behavior and thinking is not expressing professional integrity. It is making a decision for the better economical well being of a hospital rather than for the
With accessible access to free health care, it would improve public health in the United States. The rate of new developing medicine is improving the life expectancy every year for humans around the world. But if U.S citizens are not able to gain access to these medicine because of the lack of health care, what good does it do for them? In an article “New Study finds 45,000 deaths annually linked to Lack of Health Coverage” David Cecere explains, “Nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance, according to a new study published online today by the American Journal of Public Health…The study, conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, found that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts, up from a 25 percent excess death rate” (Cecere). Citizens are dying at an enormous amount, because of the lack of health care they receive. With the growing population, the United