Pro Con Universal Health Care

Topics: Health care, Medicine, Barack Obama Pages: 2 (606 words) Published: December 18, 2012
I didn’t bulk this into a PRO and CON section per say. I felt like it would flow better and make more sense if I could play pro/con on each system.

Should the US have some form of universal health care? I must say prior to watching this video I was very uneducated yet very judgmental on the issue of universal health care President Obama is trying to push right now. I remember reading not too long ago in the paper that by 2016 if a US citizen doesn’t carry insurance they will be penalized on their taxes up to $3,000. After reading this I was disgusted and started ranting in my office on how this is unfair and a violation on our freedom. I must say this video has really opened up my eyes as to what other countries are doing to ensure ALL citizens have the option to lead healthy lives. If we were to adapt a system such as Great Britain (National Health Service) our pro would be, we pay noting. No premium, no co-pay NO COST AT ALL. The con to their system would be higher taxes. We would also need to see a Gatekeeper GP before we would be able to see a specialist. If we were to adapt Japan’s system pro everyone would be covered and we would be spending only half of what we are now. We also would not require an appointment to see a doctor. Another pro would be the fixed costs on EVERYTHING (literally they have a book of fixed costs) meaning one hospital cannot charge more than the next. With every pro their typically comes a con. A con would be, hospital employees especially doctors are underpaid. They referred to doctors and others in the hospice field as an endangered species due to pay. Another con would be the fact that the Japanese spend too little to cover the costs of care and balance the books. If we were to adapt the German insurance system pro we would have more services covered such as spa, and even belly dancing. Also, pregnant women have no fees or cost what so ever. Pro in comparison to the US in Germany if you lose your job you do not lose your...
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