The Benefits Of Universal Healthcare

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The United States is one of the only industrialized nations without universal healthcare for its citizens. Universal healthcare provides health insurance coverage and financial help to all citizens of a nation. There are many individuals and families that are not able to receive the medical care they need because medical coverage is expensive and not easily accessible to those who are not able to afford it. David Cecere, Director of Media Relations with Cambridge Health Alliance, acknowledges that “Uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts” (Cecere). People that are wealthy are getting good health insurance coverage while the impoverished people are remaining ill and dying. …show more content…
Better access to quality medical attention and medicines can prevent the spread of diseases and sickness. Giving citizens access to the advances of modern medicine can end up being the difference between life and death for an individual. The opportunity of getting early medical attention for a person whose family has a history of chronic illness can help one with steps for prevention or aid in controlling the disease if already diagnosed. Lastly, lower income shouldn’t mean less opportunity to health screenings and tests. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are responsible for 7 of every 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75% of the nation’s health spending. These chronic diseases can be largely preventable” (“Preventative Health Care”). Being able to prevent sickness and the spread of an illness is highly related to a nation’s overall health status. In order to be healthy people need the opportunity to get medical attention at any …show more content…
Furthermore, America signed the World Health Assembly resolution 58.33 establishing that “everyone should have access to health care services and should not suffer financial hardship when obtaining these services” (“The World Health Report”). In spite of this, the United States is one of the very few industrialized nations that does not provide publically financed health care. There are many nations that use a universal healthcare plan, a few include the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, and Germany. These nations all have a single payer healthcare system that is publically funded by the citizens of the nation through taxes. Good healthcare is a right other nations recognize to be necessary for a properly working

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