Socialization Of Health Care

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Almost twenty years ago a seventy something year old grandmother went to the doctor and was informed that her cancer had returned. Her family urged her to seek the recommended treatment no matter the cost. She declined treatment options stating that not only was she tired of fighting, she did not want to leave to her family a legacy of debt that would have been incurred from treatments that had no guarantees. We watched our grandmother slowly die as the cancer eventually metastasized to her brain. Before this I was well insured as a single person through my employer. While I knew families paid a little more for coverage then a single person I thought my little bubble of understanding was the status quo for everyone. Until then I really had …show more content…
medical care.” In 2005 member states of the World Health Organization including the U.S. signed World Health Assembly resolution 58.33 stating that everyone should have “access to health care services and should not suffer financial hardship when obtaining these services.” Finally, the Lancet study, a peer review study in 2008 stated the "[r]ight-to-health features are not just good management, justice, or humanitarianism, they are obligations under human-rights law." Yet to date the United States is one of only two of the 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the other county is Mexico, that does not have universal health care for its citizens. YET we spent the most on health care …show more content…
No system is perfect. There are too many systems that are up and running, and many things that can be gleaned from all the systems to put together at least a start-up system. Some require extended wait times. In France you must apply for maternity care when you think you are pregnant or run the risk of not having a room to deliver your baby in the public system, but the cost of going private is minimal compared to expenses of this country. Does social medicine keep medical innovations on the back burner when corporations can’t reap mega profits? Maybe but most do not need the Rolls Royce of medical care. Collective bargaining has proven time and again to be a powerful tool in dealing with big business. Let’s let the government collectively bargain for all citizens with our medical institution to bring costs under control to provided access for all. And while they are at it let’s make sure they turn their attention on the food industry to provide healthier foods and to corporations to provide a living wage so that people are not working 70 hours a week to survive and have no time to involve themselves in health lifestyle choices for exercise and wellness. Again, this is a complex issue that at least “Obamacare” forced into the

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