Universal Healthcare, the Elusive Dream in the U.S.

I read a blog by Nursetopia this morning on her running commentary of the sad inequality of health care in America, Waiting Room Divergence.

http://nursetopia.net/2011/09/08/waiting-room-divergence/

I was born in a country where there was no organized healthcare until very recently. I have also lived in another country (and worked in the medical system for more than 10 years) where universal health care is the norm and a human right. And now, I live in a country where the attitude, culture, and paradigm is that you have to earn your right to health care.

It is a sad reality that a “first world” country and supposedly the largest economy in the world can’t even take proper care of its own citizens and even tries to curtail any attempts of neighboring countries to provide affordable alternatives. Heaven forbid that the pharmaceutical industry’s annual earnings could be shaved by half a percentage point just so our grandparents can afford their medications for less money or that some uncle can have his hip surgery down south for a fifth of its cost here.

I have been a user, administrator, and advocate of socialized medicine. All the politicians who are in the pockets of the health care industry in America can denigrate it to their heart’s content. But it works and it serves the people and the common good. The only thing it does not serve are the pockets of private industry. I find it embarrassing that the same care and expertise can be availed of elsewhere for a fraction of what it costs in the United States.

Come to think of it, I could actually say the same thing for a host of other industries, whether manufacturing or service, elsewhere than here. We are pricing ourselves out of our own markets and no one seems has the appetite to do something about it. Let’s face it, we’re not competitive in the global market arena.

I am disappointed at how watered down the so-called Obama-care has become after the GOP was done with it. What does it take to get it right for once?

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  3. auntyuta says:

    In our country there’s a public and a private Health Care System. There is Private Health Care Insurance for people who can afford it. So costs for specialist services are kept correspondingly high. If you aren’t privately insured, you pay for specialist services a certain amount and only part of that is reimbursed by Medicare.
    I think the government’s costs for Medicare are constantly increasing, anyway because people are being kept alive longer. Modern treatments can be very extremely costly. Some people who take ‘Health Care’ very seriously, encourage the public to look after their health better. However the costs for treatment of sickness keeps rising and rising. I think it’s a big problem for governments of first world countries. Universal health care seems only possible if costs for health care can be kept lower.

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