Healing of America

Topics: Medicine, Insurance, Health care Pages: 4 (983 words) Published: March 23, 2014
1.Why didn’t Nikki White have any type of health care?
She had a pre-condition (?)
too much money to qualify for welfare healthcare; too little to pay for doctor visits and medicines.

2.How/why has the US answered a “basic moral question” differently than other affluent world economies? •Basic Moral Question: should we guarantee medical treatment to everyone who needs it? Or, should we let some people die from a lack of access to healthcare? •How: we have a system where not everyone has access to healthcare. •20,000 die every year for no healthcare

Hundreds of thousands (800,000) go bankrupt yearly due to medical bills. •Why: issue gets lost in shouting on platforms – politics; socialism; capitalism; etc…

3.What was the diagnosis for Reid’s shoulder in the US? What were the pros and cons of the procedure? •Total shoulder arthroplasty, procedure # 080.81 on NCHS roster •Pro-May give normal movement

Cons: May not give normal movement; risks of major surgeries - disease, Paralysis, or death.

4.Why would someone say that the US has the best health care system in the world? Why would someone say the US doesn’t have the best system? •Best because best research; best doctors; best medicines developed here; best facilities; •Not Best because: not available to all; too costly; too complicated. Despite all the best, we have lower statistics; lower life expectancy; higher infant mortality; lower recovery rates from major disease than other developed nations.

5.What is “socialized medicine?” Why does the term scare us? •Healthcare system that is universal, affordable and effective – that is, medical and hospital care for all at a nominal cost by means of government regulation of health care and subsidies derived from taxation. managed by government thru taxation •Scary: no one can really define it or understands it; Resulting fear of “big govt”;

6.What are the four basic health care models presented in the book?

The Bismarck...
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