Essay about Healthcare Coverage: Unequal based on Wealth

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In a perfect world all patients would receive the same level of healthcare and they would all be treated equally based on their illness. Although, living in a capitalist society not everything is meant to be equal. Our country was founded by settlers looking to escape from punitive taxation and were looking to be free from all other countries and start a new country. The United States is known as the place for people to chase the American Dream, where you work hard and the fruits of your labor can potentially payoff, overwhelmingly in some cases. However, not everyone can or will realize their American Dream since space is limited at the top. The richest Americans are able to enjoy larger homes, nicer cars, and lavish vacations. …show more content…
Positive rights are rights that every citizen is entitled to in the U.S., including but not limited to the right to a public education, access to public roads, and the ability to get healthcare for those living in poverty. There are no guarantees when it comes to life, but having health insurance makes a huge difference with preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases. Of course having insurance is a great resource to ensure medical care and containing costs, but not all insurance programs are created equal. Insurance programs have caveats, exclusions, varying co-payments, and access to certain doctors and hospitals, which creates an ethical dilemma. Kathleen Dracup, RN, completed research that shows that “Poor patients often receive less quality care in the hospital, have more barriers to recovery, and experience higher morbidity and mortality than do patients with higher incomes” (Dracup). The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, yet we have one of the widest ranges of healthcare quality in the world. We have the greatest disproportionate level of the quality of care in the world when it comes to the affluent and the necessitous. Christopher Schaefer's research in has shown that “The greater the wealth gap, the worse the range of social, psychological and physical illness in society...” (Schaefer). Morally, it is unjust to value one human's existence over another. We have talked about the prosperous and the

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