What is the most useful thing we could do to improve America’s health?

What is the most useful thing we could do to improve America’s health?

            While the rate of health improvement among the world’s populations has not been uniform, the United States has been ranked among the most developed nations that have reported a relatively slow rate of improvement particularly during the last half-century. During the 1950s, the United States reported the lowest mortality rates compared to other nations of the world. Since then, statistics have been indicating rapidly increasing mortality rates that reflect the actual disparity in health outcomes between the United States and other nations of the world (Knoedler 39). According to Das (27), most Americans die at an early age or even go through very unhealthy lives compared to other populations in high-income nations.

Despite the fact that the US spends millions of money on health care, huge disparities in health prevail in all ages and demographics, and these cause America to rank among the high-income countries that have the most deteriorated health status for its people. As explained by Moniz (89) America is ranked among the nations doing very well in areas of complicated surgery and other complex conditions that include cancer. It however does not offer affordable basic care for everyone, and this affects overall health and the subsequent life expectancy of its citizens. This thus indicates that improving health outcomes among US citizens should become a priority to improve the overall health of all Americans. This paper seeks to establish the most useful thing that America should do to improve the overall health of all Americans (John 136).

The most useful thing that could be done to improve Americans’ health

            Most Americans are living in fear of sustaining severe illnesses or injuries that could demand long durations of hospitalization, which could put them in heavy medical debt. As explained by John (146), the United States has over the last few decades recorded rapidly growing healthcare care costs that result from increasing health insurance premiums. This has led to over 45 million citizens lacking any form of medical insurance while millions of other people are underinsured. This as a result inhibits the ability of most Americans to obtain guaranteed healthcare, which subsequently limits their ability to remain in good health. This is particularly because the declining ability by most Americans to secure reliable health insurance intensifies their health insecurity as quality healthcare continues to become a hard thing for them to achieve (Knoedler 33).

Evidence has thus indicated that mandating that all American citizens should obtain health insurance does not improve health. This is because the rising cost of health insurance premiums continues to limit the ability of most Americans to access quality health care. Establishing a universal healthcare system that does not demand people to be under any health insurance cover is the most useful thing that the US government can do to help improve the overall health of all Americans (Das 45). Research has shown that the current US healthcare system is inadequate despite the fact that America spends a huge amount of money on healthcare compared to other nations of the world. Although America spends more than twice the total amount of money spent by Canada and Japan on healthcare, the two countries have a significantly good health care system compared to that of the United States. As explained by Knoedler (47), both Canada and Japan have universal healthcare systems that are not only provided but also paid for by their respective governments.

Research has shown that most Americans are 44% more likely to get diabetes, 36% more likely to suffer from hypertension, and 16% more likely to have arthritis compared to people in industrialized nations. Similar findings indicated that most Americans are more likely to be sick compared to their counterparts in other countries including England, Canada, and Japan, which have universal health care systems. Establishing a universal health care system in America is the most useful thing that can be done as this can help to improve the overall health for all Americans by affording them a quality health care system that is used in other countries that report constant improvement in health outcomes. According to Das (30), the current US health care system is a luxurious entity set aside only for the rich. This perpetuates the proliferation of sickness particularly among the poor populations since they cannot afford to pay for the costly health insurance premiums or out-of-pocket expenses for seeking a medical physician or even paying for prescriptions. While healthcare should not be a luxury but a right for everyone, establishing a universal healthcare system would ensure that all Americans become healthier (Moniz 92).

Relying on a universal health care system will thus ensure that America has slowly improved the quality of health for all Americans. The US government should thus consider implementing a public healthcare system that can be accessed by all Americans at a reduced or no cost as this would ensure that all Americans are able to live healthier and for longer. According to John (157), America has currently positioned 50th out 224 countries in terms of life expectancy, which has significantly dropped compared to 2004 when the country was positioned 42nd. A major reasonable factor that has seen the country ranking at a constantly declining position is the fact that most Americans are uninsured, which causes them to access imbalanced care with those that are insured. Adopting a universal health care system would however ensure that All Americans regardless of their economic status, age and demographics are able to access quality health care that is covered by public health insurance. As a result, public insurance would ensure that all Americans are able to access basic health services that can range from medical facilities, qualified physicians, and long-term care.

Adopting a universal healthcare system would also enable legislators to incorporate the national healthcare system thereby eliminating huge amounts of insurance applications that end up raising the overall medical expenses. According to Light (96), medical expenses under the current health care system are usually intensified by the various insurance claims that are often made when patients go to the hospital. Each time that a patient seeks a doctor’s attention, he/she is required to make an insurance claim that has to go through a long process before being approved by someone from the insurance department. Adopting a universal health care system would however perpetuate a centralized system that can help patients easily access health care as maintaining as well as collecting relevant insurance information would be a less hectic while, on the other hand, reducing the possibility of filing time-wasting insurance claims. Conversely, the government would be able to set all medical-related costs for medical institutions as well as physicians, thereby reducing the possibility of hiking costs by medical institutions that are intended to provide quality healthcare for all citizens (Knoedler 50).

Integrating the national health care system through adopting a universal healthcare plan would as well ensure that the US government is able to eliminate various restrictions imposed by insurance policies. Such restrictions are often harmful as they usually dictate what can or cannot be done for certain categories of patients, and as such, they always perpetuate negative health outcomes. As argued by Light (97), doctors are always willing to do their best to provide the best care possible, but that is always restricted by the type of insurance coverage available for various categories of patients. Light (110), further found out that more than 18,000 Americans tragically die on an annual basis due to various restrictions imposed by insurance policies, as these often perpetuate an imbalanced healthcare system. Adopting a universal health care system would however be appropriate, as it would allow doctors and nurses to concentrate on offering the best care for their patients rather than concentrating on the type of health premiums they may have secured. Health care professionals serving under a universal healthcare system would as well be less stressed, as they would not have to be concerned about the status of their patient’s insurance or the need to limit their operations to avoid incurring certain liabilities. This would ultimately reduce the number of deaths while on the other hand increasing the overall health outcomes as extensive care from highly qualified medical specialists would readily be available (Knoedler 59).

Establishing a universal health care system would as well ensure that medical doctors and health insurance would stop focusing on monetary returns while politicians would on the other hand set aside their political perceptions relating to particular issues to ensure that all Americans are well informed about their productive medical assets. This would ultimately ensure that patients from all walks of life are able to seek medical care from institutions of their choice without being concerned about the potential costs they abound to incur, which would ensure that they are able to access the best health care possible (Das 52).

Conclusion

            The current health care system in the United States has proven to be inadequate in addressing the varying health-related issues that have seen the American health care system ranking among the world’s most deteriorated. This is particularly because the current system is perceived to be a type of luxury that can only be available to rich people. Conversely, most Americans have proven to have a high probability of getting diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis, which account for the growing mortality rates among Americans compared to people from other countries. Among the major factors that significantly reduce the quality and reliability of the current healthcare system are the rapidly growing health insurance premiums that continue to make health care to be an increasingly non-affordable commodity, particularly among the low and middle-class populations. Establishing a universal health care system is however the most useful thing that can be done to improve the overall health of all Americans. This is because this development would help to eliminate extra medical costs that come with health insurance premiums, eliminate restrictions perpetuated by certain health insurance policies, integrate the national health care system to make it affordable for all citizens as well as eliminate unnecessary insurance claims that make the process of seeking treatment to become a very cumbersome process.

Works cited

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