Safety Net of the Us Health System

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The existing arrangement of the U.S. health care system leaves large numbers of the American population without access to adequate health care. Currently, about 45 million Americans do not have any health insurance, resulting in inability to receive the necessary care required for a healthy and productive life (NCHC). Further, government run programs such as Medicaid and SCHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, are not sufficient and effective means of providing care for those eligible for them. Poor Families in America’s Health Care Crisis by Ronald J. Angel, Laura Lein, and Jane Henrici illustrates how the safety net for health care through current government programs does not work and how access to health care cannot be…show more content…
Also, many of the case studies conducted in the Three City Study show that the poor will only seek medical care for their children or themselves only when inoculations are required or need of care is visibly apparent (Angel 28). This results in very little preventive care and education, two key components for an efficient health care system. The United States currently spends nearly $100 billion per year to provide uninsured residents with health services, often for preventable diseases or diseases that physicians could treat more efficiently with earlier diagnosis (NCHC). The lack of preventative care will most likely be a larger financial burden on the poor later in life and further exhaust healthcare resources. Thus, the current health care safety net provides discontinuous care that essentially allows poor adults no health care, complicates the lives of poor with stringent requirements and protocol, and forces difficult choices upon adults regarding who in the family has the priority of care.
Similar to the discontinuity of care, the employment-based nature of the health insurance system of the United States poses a major problem for the effectiveness of the health care safety net. In this system, one can be a highly responsible working adult and find that one cannot obtain health care for one’s family. With the increasing cost of health care and inflation in medicine, employers are forcing
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