Proposal for New Health System
The health care system in the United States is in need of major reform. Even with major technological advances, the amount of citizens unable to acquire proper care is immense. “Between 2005 and 2006, the number of U.S.-born residents who were uninsured increased from 33 million to 34.4 million, and their uninsured rate increased from 12.8 percent in 2005 to 13.2 percent. The numbers of foreign-born who were uninsured rose from 11.8 million in 2005 to 12.6 million, and their rate was statistically unchanged at 33.8 percent in 2006” (U.S. Census Bureau, 2007). Although this is not the most startling statistic, according to the U.S. Census Bureau (2007), “The number of uninsured children increased from 8 million (10.9 percent) in 2005 to 8.7 million (11.7 percent) in 2006” (Health Insurance Coverage section). With the amount of uninsured rising every year there must be something done to fix the ailing U.S. health system. Preventable disease and disability have a weighty effect on the health of our nation as well as rising health care costs. My vision for a new health care system is to make education a major driving force behind the health care system. With an increased emphasis on prevention we can help contain rising health care costs. Even citizens with health insurance may not seek proper care because of the complexity of the health care system. By making health insurance and health care fields more transparent, through education, we can illustrate the need for prevention and diagnosis.
First all citizens must have health insurance coverage. By mandating coverage we can accomplish this. The purpose of mandating coverage is to allow all citizens the ability to seek proper care without fear of cost. The central part of the problem is those with insurance pay the costs for the 47 million uninsured. For mandating health insurance to work we must provide low-income individuals or families reasonably priced coverage. Health...
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