Healing Health Care Essay

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Healing Health Care

Healing Health Care

Levi Pulkkinen Op-Ed Paper March 10, 1997


As Grant nears the end of his forty-fifth year old age begins to shed
its ominous light over every aspect of his life. He has already watch four of
his teeth rot out because, although he works nearly sixty hours a week, he
cannot afford basic health care. As he enters the twilight years of his life,
earlier than anyone should, he is faced with failing health and no way to pay
the doctor bills. The fact that someone who has worked all their life may not be
able to obtain adequate medical and dental care because of their station in life
goes against all the ideals that have made America great.
As we enter into the twenty-first century we see new cures and
treatments springing into our clinics and homes at an unprecedented rate. Only a
fool would argue that these advances are not helping millions, but the costs
inherent with these new remedies make them inaccessible to many Americans who
would benefit greatly from them. From 1971 to 1991 the price of health related
goods and services climbed 30 percent faster that of other goods, placing far
out of the financial reach of the working class of this nation. It is time to
consider a true national health-care system, in order to insure that everyone,
not just the wealthy, can enjoy good health. As it stands, America is the only
civilized country where access to basic health care depends on where one works
and how much one is paid. For many well insured people there is debate about our
nationĀ¹s stance on the separation between the individual and the state, but the
fact of the mater is that if our friend Grant had been born five hundred miles
to the North he would still have his teeth and a much brighter future.
In Canada, where they have had a national health insurance since 1967, a
citizen is guaranteed treatment for any illness that may afflict him or her. In
addition to keeping their people heather, and as a result happier, the Canadian
system has kept costs minimal while research and development has continued at
the same, if not faster, pace that we see here. Around the globe we can see the
correlation between national health care systems and better quality of treatment.
In Japan, they have countered the medical problems inherent with a crowded
society through national health insurance, and as a result enjoy a extremely
high quality of living. Even here we have harnessed some of the power of
collective medicine, through publicly funded institutions such as the Center for
Disease Control and many smaller research projects. These projects, sponsored by
state and federal, have yielded many important breakthroughs, yet many Americans
cannot afford the technology that they helped to pay for.
And if we continue on the course we have set for ourselves, more people
will become medical have-nots. The problem of skyrocketing health costs is
already beginning to force many employers to drop many important health benefits
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