How could we make sure that every individual knows how to access health care?

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kipling2448 | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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In a country of over 300 million people and an increasingly politically and ethnically fractious population, ensuring that every individual has access to health care is a difficult task.  The financial costs associated with the provision of universal health care alone presents a formidable obstacle given the country’s $17 trillion dollar deficit and political divisions regarding federal budgetary priorities.  That said, increasing numbers of Americans believe that the only way to ensure universal access to health care is through a combination of the establishment of a single payer system to replace the current convoluted system involving numerous insurance companies and plans with varying levels of coverage and the increased regulation of the health care industry to minimize exploitative pricing policies on the part of health care providers.  America’s health care problems are multifaceted, with physicians, insurance companies and many patients all sharing part of the blame. 

Probably the first major step in providing universal health care coverage is through the establishment of the aforementioned single-payer system.  By replacing the current billing and payment system with a centralized strictly regulated one the gaps in coverage that currently exist would disappear, assuming health care providers and social workers can reach every resident.  Establishing such an system would be neither easy nor quick.  As current problems involving enrollment of all uninsured individuals and individuals with insurance plans incompatible with the federal government’s mandates demonstrate, the technological and bureaucratic burdens are enormous.  If one supports the kind of transition underway per the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (derisively referred to as “Obamacare” by its detractors), the country will have to be patient (no pun intended), as public frustrations with technical glitches illuminate the challenges imposition of universal health care entail.  A decade or more is not an unrealistic period of time for the extension of health care to every American given how entrenched are the existing processes.  Additionally, the vast population of documented immigrants and undocumented aliens presents a challenge because of the distrust among many immigrants towards government in general. 

Ensuring access to health care for all Americans is possible, but costly and contentious.  As with any major transformation, there are winners (the currently uninsured) and losers (insurance companies accustomed to playing a major role in the provision of health care; physicians who sacrificed a great deal to become doctors and who resent government intrusion into their profession).  Many politically conservative Americans believe the private sector is the most efficient producer of high-quality medical care and that the histories of government-sponsored or run health care initiatives have proven costly failures.  Many politically liberal Americans believe that access to adequate health care is a basic human right, and argue that the financial resources needed to bring that about can be found through higher taxes and reductions in other parts of the federal budget (especially the defense budget, a favorite target of many politically liberal politicians).  In any event, if one believes that the government is responsible for ensuring access to health care for every resident of the United States, then he or she is not dissuaded by arguments centering on budgetary implications.  To such advocates, the right to health care trumps other considerations, and the government must radically transform the existing processes by which Americans access health care, including the creation of a massive public relations effort intended to educate the nation’s population on the issue of health care as well as the centralization of processes for pricing and paying for medical care.

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shr1582 | eNotes Newbie

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The government should seek to provide all the people with the basic needs such as health care and it should be provided free of cost as it is considered as a merit good. 

The state or government could spread awareness about why health care and daily check-ups are necessary and how they can access to these services.

Awareness can be spread in various ways such as newspaper, social media such as facebook, twitter etc.or even on televisions. In this way all will realise the importance of health care and know how they can access to these services.

The workers of the government could also visit the rural areas where there is the most need of these services as they donot have access to clean water because of which there is a widespread of deseases in those places.

In this way the goverment could ensure that all the people priveleged or un previleged have access to medical services.

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rachellopez | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The best way to get any message across is to use technology. With so many people using social media, or just being on the Internet in general, there are endless opportunities to advertise something like health care in a place where most people will see it. If you combine advertising on the Internet and the television (the news and commercials), you will reach the majority of people on Earth. Even if someone doesn't see the add, if you make good advertisements, word will spread. 

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user396107 | (Level 2) Honors

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To make sure everyone on the planet has adequate access to health care, we need a superior heath system worldwide. This would lead to a universal system that is common where ever you are. This is difficult to achieve due to this idea would be costly and may not be effective as it would be difficult to introduce in remote and poverty stricken regions. 

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