Healthcare reform and the talk of establishing a universal system in the United States has become a very hot topic among government officials and the American people. There is a common opinion among a great majority that the country’s healthcare system has been in trouble and not functioning properly for a good while, but as far as fixing the problem goes, there is little suggestion.
There is difficulty in deciding how exactly to adjust the situation, because of the way that our system is set up. Those individuals that can afford benefits and medical care are mainly the ones that keep hospitals and the system running.
Worries have arose regarding whether or not the entire system would crash if everyone was allowed some kind of medical care, no matter what income level or type of care they do or do not have. Universal healthcare is not entirely included when talking about reform, but it has been suggested as a means to change the already established organization.
There are, no doubt, many problems that currently exist in the United States when it comes to medical treatment. One of the most concentrated issues is the type and quality of attendance that patience are given according to the amount that visiting a doctor or hospital costs.
Some feel those who are unable to pay for high-end care do not receive as much help and treatment as those who are willing and able to spend more of their money on health. The United States of America has some of the finest doctors that are available in the entire world.
In fact, individuals often come from other countries just for a chance to be treated by a professional in America. However, there are many citizens of our own country who are unable to receive this help because the balance between the cost of the care and its accessibility is low.
Those who are uninsured or have limited access to care usually cannot be treated by these doctors because the amount that it would take, even with the help of some kind of insurance, is too much. Therefore, there are all of these talented individuals who can provide assistance to those that are sick and in need but cannot do so because of monetary reasons and the patients’ inabilities pay.
This is one reason why some believe that a privatized system that is controlled and maintained by the government that offers almost everyone the same type of assistance is needed. Other things that have been noted as problems within the United States are the balance of time and the quality of assistance that are available and patient safety.
Most doctors have to balance their time very well if they are going to stay afloat and receive the amount of patients that they need to keep their practice. However, hurrying through appointments and not taking the time to fully examine those that are sick can result in misdiagnosis.
When time is short, mistakes can be made as far as diagnosing and prescribing medications goes. The patients are the ones that suffer because of the doctor or surgeon’s lack of adequate time for them.
There are many aspects of healthcare reform that can be scary to individuals in the United States that are already able to receive medical assistance without problems. Many worry that the availability of care will cheapen it and make it harder to find the best doctors.
When healthcare is given to all universally, it can have a reduction in the salaries of professionals which can then make that career choice less appealing. Going through the process of becoming a surgeon or doctor is very tedious and expensive, and if those professionals are unable to pay back their student loans and debts that they incurred through medical school, there is less of a chance that individuals will want to go that route.
Differences in care are one issue that has arose; should those that are not able to afford healthcare be able to receive the same level of treatment as individuals who can? Will the guidelines change from state to state or be all-encompassing for the entire country?
Unfortunately, many of these questions have still gone unanswered by the United States government because there is really no set prediction on how well a universal system would work. It is the citizens’ duty to pay attention to this subject and voice their opinion in elections to make change or keep the same organization that has been established.