Utilitarianism In Healthcare

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Utilitarianism is an ethical framework that correlates with this issue. Utilitarianism stands on the principle that no action is good or bad in itself. This means, all actions are consequence driven. If a person chooses to give noncitizens healthcare access, it is because the outcome of such an option brings about a good result. However, if the United States gives noncitizens rights to healthcare because that seems right, but there is no evidence of a beneficial outcome, then according to utilitarianism that is the wrong choice. Similar to utilitarianism, my stance for non-American citizens having the right to healthcare is partially based on the end result. Giving non-citizens access to health insurance, not only benefits the United States …show more content…
These citizens believe their hard-earned money should not be spent providing others with things citizens must purchase on their own. While I do agree it is not a fair system, using citizens tax money to fund state safety net programs is one of the only options. States that choose to open-up their healthcare giving more access to noncitizens must find their own means of funding (Berlinger, Calhoon, Gusmano, & Vimo, 2015). In addition to programs such as emergency Medicaid and DSH funding, tax paying citizens can be a source of money as well in some systems. However, that is due to the current healthcare system. Noncitizens not having healthcare access leaves a gap in the resources to pay for care. The United States may not allow this population to purchase health insurance, but when a noncitizen comes to a facility needing emergency services the they cannot be turned down. When acquiring emergency services noncitizens do not come to a hospital because it is not being paid for out of their wallet, rather come because help is needed. This population is not intentionally wanting to use money from American citizens, but have minimal options to receive and pay for care, because that choice is out of their hands. Some states choose to pay for immigrants because they believe in equal treatment, but if this population had access to pay for healthcare, …show more content…
Noncitizens hold that title for a reason, they are not part of the United States and should not have the same rights as citizens. In reality, the noncitizen population makes up a fair amount of America and make a contribution to the country. It is this population of people that perform many jobs U.S. citizens do not want to. The Equal Protection Clause is placed in Americas constitution for a reason. America is a country that believes in equality for all and values the lives of those residing in the country. Giving noncitizens equal access to healthcare is a right in America and what the country believes in. Excluding noncitizens from this right, goes against Americas values, showing not all lives matter

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