The United States Health Care

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The United States health care system has attempted to bring its health care structure into a position fitting of the richest nation in the world. Yet, evidence suggests that socioeconomic disparities still exist, and access to care is still an issue even for citizens who have enrolled in health care plans (Delgado, 2015). Access to health care should be considered a basic right, a natural right for everyone. In 2008 T.R. Reid traveled to 5 countries that were among the richest in the world and provided universal health care access in some fashion. Here we will use Ried’s (2008) findings to discuss distributive justice, vulnerabilities and the human right to health care. Theories of justice have an important role in how citizens access health care. The the countries presented by T.R. Reid (2008) generally have applied the distributive theory of justice, where lawmakers have decided how to distribute health care as a resource among their constituents (Summer, 2014, p. 52). In this case the lawmakers decided that all citizens should benefit from universal access to health care. Health care consumes financial resources and will always struggle to provide the highest quality at a rate its consumers can afford. Taiwan and Japan know this quite well as they struggle with deficits (Reid, 2008, videos #2 and #4). The struggle to balance the budget itself is an example of distributive justice, as Summers (2014) wrote, “…see the difficulty of the task of distributing the burdens of

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