Health Care Issues: Right or Privilege Essay

1556 Words Mar 4th, 2013 7 Pages
Running head: HEALTH CARE ISSUES: RIGHT OR PRIVILEGE

Health Care Issue: Right of Privilege

“America is the technological superpower, the wealthiest nation in the world, and spends significantly more of its gross national product, and spends more per person, than any other nation in the world on health care. So where, then, does America stand on health?” (Lerner & Loman, 2005, p. 1). The purpose of this essay is to discuss and explore whether U.S. health care should be a right or a privilege. Many Americans feel that although the United States leads most of the world in medical advances and technology, the healthcare system is broken. A great number of people go without the care
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S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011). Most workers have jobs that require less than 4 years of college education, but health diagnosing and treating practitioners are highly educated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011) also stated that about 595,800 establishments make up the healthcare industry; they vary greatly in terms of size, staffing patterns, and organizational structures. About 76 percent of healthcare establishments are offices of physicians, dentists, or other health practitioners while hospitals constitute to only a small percent of all healthcare establishments; employing 35 percent of all workers.
Healthcare: A Right President Obama stated the following “I think it should be a right for every American. … for my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about the health care system in America (Jinchi, 2008). Polls show that 64% of American say health care should be a right (Healthcare.procon.org). Opponents argue that using tax revenue to provide health care to all Americans amounts to socialism and would decrease the quality and availability of health care for those who work hard to get medical coverage. They also argue that it is not

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