Ethical Dilemma In Health Care

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Register to read the introduction… There is a gargantuan disparity with regards to access to care and the quality of care provided to the prosperous and the poor. We have the greatest disproportionate level of the quality of care in the world when it comes to the affluent and the necessitous. “The greater the wealth gap, the worse the range of social, psychological and physical illness in society...” (Schaefer). Morally, it is unjust to value one human's existence over another. We have talked about the prosperous and the underprivileged, but there can also be an issue of equality of healthcare when it comes to the middle class. The middle class has a unique ethical dilemma. Someone in the middle class is often considered above the poverty level so they do not qualify for government assisted healthcare, but they are not wealthy enough to pay for their own care. Insurance companies in the United States are able to deny coverage to people who have pre-existing conditions. If the middle class cannot afford to pay for their health services they will easily be indebted for the rest of their lives or may even go …show more content…
Research has shown that even though segregation has ended, it is still seen in hospitals and doctors offices. Not everyone is receiving the same level of care, even when they are covered with insurance. Hospitals located are not all created equal and those who are poor may not be able to get to other hospitals easily and may not be able to afford to keep up with their medications due to their expense. These are just a few of the examples that determine the physical differences between the rich and poor with receiving care and filling prescriptions, but there are also mental challenges for poorer patients. “The exact reasons for the impact on health disparities on physical, mental and social health is hard to pinpoint, but research suggests that low self-esteem, and poor self-image both influence the immune system” (Schaefer). As if battling an illness or disease isn't hard enough, the mental strain on one's self can be damaging to a successful …show more content…
A public education is not a requirement in the United States, many who have additional resources choose to enroll their children into private schools or religious-affiliated schools at an additional expense. Funding a public education system is clearly a positive right, but the ability to choose a school outside of the public school system is a negative right for citizens. Money is the focus of a capitalist society. People work hard, take risks, and migrate to the United States to exude their entrepreneurial spirit and ambition to make it big. This sounds great in theory but space is limited at the top of the economic ladder and many will not make it to the top or even close to it. Consequently those who do not make it or cannot make it they have to find a way to survive and make ends meet. The degree to which wealth is spread from the richest people to the poorest is a correlation to health. Christopher Schaefer identifies “The states with the highest income equalities as well as the highest morbidity rates are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas and those with the best health statistics and more equal incomes are New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota, and South Dakota” (Schaefer). Recently attention has been brought to the richest 1% of Americans and focusing in on the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Feelings on free enterprise are

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