Healthcare in America

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Healthcare in America B. Powers ENGL103-1204B-01: Composition: Writing and Research Colorado Technical University December 24, 2012 Improving the access and affordability of health insurance coverage for all Americans should be a primary concern for those who help create the laws of the land. At this date, there are roughly 44 million Americans without any type of healthcare coverage. Another 38 million people have inadequate health insurance (PBS, 2012). What this all means is that the people who need it the most are putting off seeing a doctor until last moment and then usually end up visiting an emergency room. If they cannot pay for the visit, the cost of that ER visit falls back on the taxpayers, people who have health…show more content…
While the Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction for providing healthcare for all Americans, it will still leave as many people uninsured as it covers. There are two possible solutions for the country to enact. One would be universal healthcare coverage or national healthcare. It is defined as a health insurance program that is financed by taxes and administered by the government to provide comprehensive health care that is accessible to all citizens of that nation (Medical dictionary, 2012). There are many countries around the world that already have the plan in place, some having only adopted the health care coverage plan within the last ten years. Brazil, Thailand, and Sweden are just a few countries that have a universal healthcare plan in place in their country. While not perfect, all citizens are covered under these government run healthcare plans. The second solution would be a single payer program. Single payer healthcare is defined as the financing of the costs of delivering universal health care for an entire population through a single insurance pool out of which costs are met (Encyclopedia. free dictionary, 2012). There may be many contributors to the single pool (insured persons, employers, government, etc.) (Encyclopedia. free dictionary, 2012). Canada, Britain, and Australia are all examples of a single payer healthcare system. The United States has Medicare, which is considered a single payer system but
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