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Health Care is Human Right
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.
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
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
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.
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.