English 110 – Sec. 017
October 4, 2012
Rising Prices of Health Care and Its Effects
Medical costs in America are the highest compared to every other country. Many people explain that our costs are higher just because our expensive costs, on going to the doctor more often, or that wet get sicker more. In fact, the opposite is true. The reason that medical costs are higher is because of the prices. Since the prices are higher we as Americans pay more, it’s that simple.
When trying to explain the high cost of medical care many people though it was because we use medical services more often as Americans. Research shows that “we spend less time in ...view middle of the document...
The uninsured usually have to pay more for health care, which is why many people go uninsured. America made health care a corporate business in which the firms selling the healthcare care more about making money rather than helping the people they insure.
“Two of the five most profitable industries in the United States — the pharmaceuticals industry and the medical device industry — sell health care” (Klein). This should not be the case. Health care should not be a business but be a service. It does not mean the government or companies need to give healthcare out for free but prices should be set so all types of people have the means to acquire it. In 2010, the percentage of Americans without health insurance was 16.3%, or 49.9 million uninsured people (US Census Bureau).
Since the prices of health care are so high in America the amount spent on it is much more than any other developed nation. “The United States spent more than 17 percent of its GDP on health care, higher than any other developed nation. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated in 2008 that number would rise to 25 percent by 2025.” It’s outrageous that Americans have to pay so much just to get something as simple as health care.
My mother told me that when she was growing up in the once part of the USSR now Ukraine people didn’t pay for health care. If one needed to go to the doctor one just went. Health insurance didn’t exist. Americans probably can’t agree with a system like this and even I have my skepticisms about it but shouldn’t health care be at least affordable? People shouldn’t go without health care or pay so much that they are put into financial debt.
It may seem like a foreign idea but many people in the US die because of lack of health insurance. In a Harvard study conducted in 2009 an estimated 44,789 Americans age 18 to 64 died in 2005 because of the lack of health care. “The United States stands alone among industrialized nations in not providing health coverage to all its citizens. Currently 46 million Americans lack health coverage” (PNHP). If America really wants to be the best country in the world we should at least have the best life style.
“In 2010 the United States spent 2.6 trillion on health care, about 18 percent of our Gross Domestic Product” (Mack). There are many reasons for this but let’s go over some common misconceptions on why this is. First, “we have the best health care system in the world.” This is far from true especially in light of a 2011 report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation Development showing that the US ranks 27th in life expectancy. “An estimated 650,000 Americans checked into foreign hospitals in search of more affordable health care” (Mack). These statistics don’t...