Environmental Issues on Global Health

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Environmental Issues on Global Health

Seven Environmental Issues

Complete the following chart by identifying seven environmental issues that affect global health. In the second column, describe in complete sentences how the issue affects global health.

Environmental issue How does the issue affect global health?
Overpopulation The Earth’s natural resources are already being consumed at an unsustainable rate. Many of these resources are required to support world health and human life (Donnatelle, 2010). Human population is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade. This, alone, is the greatest threat to life on our planet.

Air pollution Air pollution affects everything from agriculture and ecosystems to human health, on a
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Population growth and overconsumption must be curbed or catastrophic effects to our planet and all of its inhabitants may be right around the corner.

Repair a Broken Health Care System

Complete the following chart. Provide seven proposals for changing the health care system. For each proposal, complete the Pros, Cons, and Future Outlook columns.

Proposal Pros Cons Future Outlook
Provide clinics for basic healthcare needs to all citizens free of cost. The services would include immunizations and diagnosis of minor injections and illnesses treatable with antibiotics, etc. This would alleviate the high costs and long waits at emergency rooms because people without insurance could be treated by PAs or nurses, which reduces costs. It would also mean people would potentially get treatment before the illness or infections spreads to others or gets worse. These clinics would need to be funded. There would be a temporary shortage in qualified practitioners in the first few years. Many local government or nonprofit agencies offer immunization clinics but they are usually crowded. Free flu shots are often provided by companies such as Wal-mart.
Take the burden of paying for health insurance away from the employer. Instead create a national sales tax to fund health insurance for everyone. Every US citizen would get a voucher to use towards health
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