The Inexorable Healthcare Debate On America

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Lena Zhu Mr. Platt AP United States History 30 November 2014 A Solution to the Inexorable Healthcare Debate in America Every person has the right to receive healthcare of the highest standards. The human right to health, supported by Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states that everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services, sanitation, adequate food, decent housing, healthy working conditions, and a clean environment. Many nations around the world have achieved this status of quality healthcare for its citizens in systems ranging from privatized healthcare to government-sponsored universal healthcare to a modified combination…show more content…
America also has poor performance on measures of national health expenditures and administrative costs as well as on measures of administrative hassles, avoidable emergency room use, and duplicative medical testing. Despite our excessive spending, there is still a significant portion of the population who do not receive access to proper healthcare due to reasons of cost. The U.S. ranks a clear last on measures of equity. In fact, the Commonwealth Fund reports that one-third or more lower-income adults in the U.S. said they went without needed care because of costs in the past year. We have been growing economically and technologically at a dramatic pace yet we still rank last in equity and in all three indicators of healthy lives: mortality amenable to medical care, infant mortality, and healthy life expectancy at age 60. We spend the most money on healthcare and yet we live shorter, unhealthier lives, many of which are spent worrying about the cost of medical bills. Our poor healthcare is not the only characteristic that sets America apart from other industrialized nations; our healthcare system also does. Despite our increasing wealth and presence in the global economy, as a recent Institute of Medicine report clearly states,“the United States is among the few industrialized nations in the world that does not guarantee access to healthcare for its population”. Our healthcare system has left 26% of the population, or 45

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