Health care in America is a serious issue as it involves families that are unable to receive accessible, affordable and quality medical treatment. Middle class or impoverished families are unable to receive the benefits of health care due to low income levels and a volatile economy. Politicians discuss the reformation of the health care system, but people who are uninsured suffer the consequences of a system that overlooks middle class families in favor of wealthy families, a dominant issue for conflict theorists. Some argue that the health care system is not in need of reform and state that
Asthma is a respiratory disease that many people deal with every single day. “According to World Health Organization, approximately 180,000 people die from asthma each year.” (Jardins and Burton 187) Most people never think of asthma as a life threatening disease, but it can be crucial. As the number of people with asthma increases, the more likely you are to come in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with this disease. Asthma is a severe breathing problem that has many complications that is dealt with daily like shortness of breath, chronic cough, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath, my main focus is childhood asthma, allergic asthma, and medication to treat asthma.
As of 2009, studies conducted by the CDC have shown that asthma impacts approximately one in every twelve people, and the numbers only continue to grow (CDC, 2011). Some of the most common symptoms can range anywhere from coughing (especially at night or during exercise), wheezing and chest tightness, to shortness of breath. Asthma is often a chronic condition and while many times it can present itself as being mild, it can also sometimes lead to death if a person suffers an asthma attack. Asthma can be genetic, but it can also be caused, as well as exacerbated by, environmental factors such as air pollution. Studies have shown that children living in the Bronx are experiencing asthma at levels eight times higher than the national average. In addition, rates of death from asthma are a whopping three times higher than the national average, and hospitalization rates at about five times higher.” (Ruppell, 2000). Asthma is not a disease that targets only one group of people, yet the Bronx still exhibits disproportionately high levels of asthma especially in neighborhoods that are poorer areas of the city. In fact, people from these poor areas are 21 times more likely to be hospitalized due to asthmatic conditions compared to people from more affluent parts of the city (Ruppell,
The National Institute of Health's article states that the commencement of the 21st century helped with the provision of a preview of the numerous challenges that the US would face in the coming decades. The article's areas of focus that would help change the health of America's population include the adoption of a population health approach that gives consideration to health determinants, the strengthening of the public health infrastructure of the government, the development of accountability systems to enable the assurance of the quality and availability of public health services, and others (Curry, 2005). Furthermore, the report suggests several findings that would help enhance America's public health. For instance, the article suggests that appropriate education and training should be provided to the public health workforce if America's public health is to undergo a significant evolution. Despite NIH article's findings and commitment to change America's public health, no significant efforts have been channeled towards the elimination of the health challenges faced by a huge percentage of America's population. Essentially, America is yet to realize its goals of eliminating incessant health challenges. Today, in the US, the obesity rate has soared from 27.6% to
Asthma is a chronic condition affecting the respiratory system and has a considerable impact on both individuals and a population. Everybody is susceptible to asthma, some more than others, depending of a variety of factors including, age, sex, geographical location and income. Asthma is particularly prevalent in younger children and the elderly and while it can be fatal, most people have mild cases of asthma that are relatively easy to treat. The condition mainly impacts an individual’s physical ability to contribute to a community.
From the America Indian/Alaska Native Tribe who felt as though they were being underserviced, to African Americans who were receiving less or no healthcare service because of the color of their skin and whether or not whites receive better care than minorities when it came to receiving proper healthcare when admitted to a hospital for services.
With the huge diversity and changeability of human biology, it is impossible to imagine a reality without some mutations, changes, or issues in the organs and tissues of humans. Thus, it rightly follows that medications and pharmaceuticals have been created in an effort to counteract the various ailments and illnesses that people can experience. However, as time has gone on and these pharmaceuticals have become more and more high-tech, regulated, and trusted, they have also become incredibly commercialized. Worse still, medications have become incredibly expensive and can be unattainable for some people.
I think that obesity is America’s biggest health problem because so many other health problems are contributed and linked to obesity.
The public health crisis in the United States has reached a critical point that demands action. Chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory diseases and diabetes are the leading causes of disability and premature death in America. While chronic diseases are among the most common and costly health problems, they are also preventable. Three health-damaging behaviors at the center of the issue are tobacco use, lack of physical activity and poor eating habits. Public health campaigns aimed at these behaviors have been in place for many years. However, these pervasive habits continue in America. The best way to address the problem is through government policies that use incentives or penalties to bring about the
Blacks in America are amongst the top percentage of people in America without health insurance. Because these families cannot afford the high cost of insurance, they do not get the health care needed to maintain good health. They must live with the pain and worry of the problem and when they do get medical care, they assume huge debts and another worry of how to pay for it. I have been in this situation of being uninsured as recent as when Obama care started. I will attempt to show some factors why blacks are under insured. Even though Oboma care has made healthcare more affordable with tax credit incenstives there are many still left unisuired. There has to be a change in the way are country health care indsustry operates. “A sweeping
Every country worldwide has it 's own way of providing and making health care available for its citizens. More specifically, the developed nations all have their own system in how they make their health care available. Some are more expensive, some provide better quality of care, some are available to all citizens and some are available only to those who can afford it. For the first time in United States history, a health care act has passed, that will claim to insure everyone nationwide regardless of their income. This act adopted is also know as the ACA. This paper will go into detail about health care that is provided not only in the US, but in other countries world wide. We will discuss the benefits of certain systems and the pros and cons of some of the systems. The costs, the most successful, the increased access to primary care providers, the use of technology, and what needs reform.
Healthcare costs in the United States is growing at an alarming rate. For many Americans, getting sick in America is a financial death sentence. A survey of 5,700 people released by the Federal Reserve reported that 46% of working Americans cannot pay an emergency expense costing $400 or more without borrowing money or selling their property (El Issa, 2015). It is important to recognize the different factors that contribute to the rise in healthcare costs as the healthcare industry is a vital source for job development and economic production. Although The United States of America invests billions of dollars in the healthcare system, it is still ranked as the most inefficient healthcare system among developed countries. Experts in the field broadly mention administrative costs, drug costs, and defensive medicine as the major contributors to this nationwide dilemma. To understand the growing issues facing Americans today, one must examine these three areas within the healthcare system in depth.
Universal health care, a very common system throughout most of the first world that many believe the United States should adopt; yet many more are against it. Many feel that universal care is a socialist idea, and socialism is scary. The United States population needs to be properly educated on the advantages and disadvantages of universal health care through an unbiased source. The United States has had a privatized insurance and health care system since the beginning of the 1900s. These changes were not made frivolously, they were enacted out of necessity. The issue the United States currently faces is whether or not it is reaching a point where it may be necessary for action to be taken. The current state of its health care system does not seem to be able to sustain itself much longer as we see costs continue to rise with no end in sight. It may be time for this country to step back and consider re-evaluating its system from top to bottom. There are several options to choose from and no single system is perfect, at the end of the day it comes down to minimizing the cost and maximizing the efficiency.
There are currently about 46,000 licensed doctors practicing in the state of Pennsyvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State and many are leaving. The health care crisis has become a hot topic in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With many doctors preparing to leave and some of which have all ready left the state due to the rising costs of medical malpractice insurance. According to the American Medical Association Pennsylvania is one of twelve states in the midst of a liability crisis.
Approximately three percent of the world’s population live an average of eight years longer than the rest. These group of people are also known to have a decreased rate of heart attack, cancer, and other chronic diseases. It is said that the best thing a person could have is their health, so why do these illnesses continue to be our number one killer, and what are these three percent doing differently? The only way to maintain this perfect health most of us dream about is to go vegan, the healthiest lifestyle on the planet.