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Health Care is Human Right

Updated on March 11, 2015

Nobody should have to pay to survive

There is a big difference between necessary medical procedures and the general health. General health is much more up to the individual person. Exercising and eating right are choices that shouldn't be forced upon anyone, no matter how beneficial they can be for those people. People should be taught and encouraged to lead healthy lives, not just because it would save everyone money, but because they would be happier when they do so.

If someone breaks their leg, gets cancer, or has an autoimmune disorder, those should be covered for each and every person. No one should ever have to go into debt because they don't have insurance that covers the care they need. If someone gets cancer, they should never have to choose between treatment and debt. Helping other people to live happy and more healthy lives should be a common sense position held by all people. It doesn't have to be free, but it doesn't need to be so excessively expensive.

By putting people into debt or making they pay for their health care they need, they are literally being punished for trying to live. Nobody should be punished for trying to live. We all get one life and that life shouldn't be cut short because of not being able to afford to live.

The system the United States has now is broken. It punishes the poor for getting sick and saves the best care for those who can afford it. It's just one of the many things that shows how class like our society is.

Everyone should have the equal opportunity to live and pursue what they want. By creating a system that mirrors other successful health care systems in the world, the U.S. can become a better place to live, a more equal society, and generally more healthy place.

Being punished for visiting the United States

Tourism is something that can help the economy and help spread a united States influence around the world. Whether that is a good or bad thing, is a topic for another day.

But when people come here to visit, there should be a mutual benefit between the people coming here and the United States as a whole. Tourism is something that can be negatively effected by the risk of people coming to the United States.

If someone comes here and risks going into to extreme debt if they get sick, have a baby earlier, or some other medical issue, people may forgo the risk to go to another country all together.

I don't know if that is a factor that most people think about when they think about trips or various places they want to travel to, but it something that I would consider when traveling. I would want to know would happen if I would need medicine for a cold or if I would break my leg. I don't want to have to worry about if something would happen, I would risk being in terrible debt.

And that's the risk that people take when they come to the United States.

Starving people

There are some protocols in place to not let people starve or not have other basic needs. There, obviously, needs to be very much more done in those areas in general to catch up to other modern countries, but healthy care should be right up on that list for things that need to be progressed forward.

There is a lot that needs to be done in order to make the United States as good as other countries, and health care is no exception to what should be improved.

Other countries do it well

Subsiding health

Not only should things like healthy care be paid for as part of being a citizen of a modern country, but things that assist in being healthy should be actively promoted by the government through tax exemptions and tax refunds.

People who buy gym memberships, should get a tax break for using their money towards something that could potentially improve their health. There would have to be regulations alongside them to make sure people didn't buy multiple memberships or buy one and not use them. I'm not expert on that side of things, but it only makes sense to take steps that could help encourage people to take healthy steps in their life.

If people take steps to be healthy their cost of healthy care will go down, which will only help the overall cost of health care. Besides the obvious benefits of being healthy, it will also make the costs of health care go down overall for everyone, so the general cost will be less. If the general cost is less, then the "cost" of everyone paying for this basic right, then it will be more cost effective to do so.

The U.S. system is broken

List of countries by life expectancy

The United States rank 36 in life expectancy in the world, which is ironic since the U.S. spends the most in the world on health care. We are obviously not getting a lot of bang for our buck.

A lot of factors that play into why our costs are higher, some of them are unrelated to the effectiveness of our health care system, but related to the type of country that the U.S. is.

But the level of difference between the U.S. and other various countries is too big to ignore though. The higher rates of obesity and other health problems can't account for the huge differences that are found in spending.

If we can get the U.S. system to cost less money, people can work to be healthier without worrying about the cost of various treatments. People should be more able to go to doctors for not only medical care, but able to get general health advice at a lower cost.

Being able to go to the doctors before is a serious problem can prevent serious problems from occurring, which tend to be the more expensive problems.

Many different factors

It's not simple

Maybe a universal health care system won't work in the United States, maybe we need to invite some version that is unique to this country. But it should be extremely obvious that the method of health care we are doing right now is not working and needs to be improved.

Change is not bad, and should be happening all the time. We even have the benefit of not having to guess about which systems work. There are countries that use the various systems, have data behind their systems, and have shown how it could be implemented. All the U.S. needs to do is to digest the data and figure out how to bring the cost for individuals down to a reasonable level.

There can still be a cost of health care, but the costs that people deal with are unreasonable and astronomically higher than what the same things cost in other countries.

NY times.com health for medical tourists simple math

In the story above, the cost for a new hip lead this man to leave the U.S. to get a new one. Just because it costs more here, doesn't mean there is a higher quality of care being given. Comparable or better care is offered at other countries is offered at a fraction of the cost.

Call me crazy, but I think that the U.S. can have a health care systems that offers a similar cost to other countries. How we get to that point, can be done in a variety of ways, but the United States should look at what works and use them.

It only makes sense.

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    • thunkfulthinker profile imageAUTHOR

      Jim 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      Paladin,

      Thanks. It does seem like something that should be a none issue.

    • Paladin_ profile image

      Paladin_ 

      3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Every once in a while, someone comes along and says something that is so freaking obvious that one wonders why it even needs to be said at all. One then remembers that we live in the United States, where fear of the dreaded "socialism" is so ingrained that we'd rather people suffer and die by the thousands than pry any aspect of our lives from the pernicious grasp of the "free market."

      Well said, Thinker!

    • thunkfulthinker profile imageAUTHOR

      Jim 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      Austinstar,

      Well said, my mom has been a nurse for a number of years for and what you're saying is true.

      It's like blaming the minimum wage workers for the minimum wage. It doesn't make sense.

      It's a big problem and a complex one. Not one that will be solved easily or simply.

    • Austinstar profile image

      Lela 

      3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I worked in the health care industry (yes, it is an industry) for 38 years. I can tell you pretty much when health care started getting expensive. It was when the insurance industry started taking over.

      Before that doctors pretty much saw healthcare as a calling and they charged reasonable fees for their services. They made house calls. Nurses worked for minimum wages.

      Then along came insurance and the government regulations that insurance companies required in order to insure people. They fought to control the health care field in order to save money on the payouts they had to give to doctors and nurses and pharmacies and labs and x-rays. They fought over every freaking penny! They still do today. Trouble is, that insurance companies could care less about your health. They are only interested in the premiums you pay every month and trying to deny payment for services rendered.

      Then the doctors and health care workers had to start lobbying to get their dutifully earned pay. They had to raise their rates sky high just to get partial reimbursement for their services.

      That's when the cycle started over. Insurance companies won't pay for health care, but they will sure sign you up for premiums every month.

      I remember trying to get our hospital to start it's own "insurance" plan, so our patients could pay us directly and cut out the insurance companies. Now some private hospitals are doing just that.

      It's a multi-BILLION dollar screw up by the government and insurance lobbyists.

      But don't blame the health care workers. It's really not their fault.

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