Response to Matthew
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Response to Matthew
Matthew, your post is quite informative. I agree with you that healthcare differs from other consumer purchases in that individuals never know when they are going to require it, they do not know its price, they are not able to shop around, and one is not charged before obtaining a service or a product. Generally, healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health through diagnosis, prevention, treatment, improvement, or cure of illness, injury, and other mental and physical impairments in individuals. Majority of the hospitals are public, but there are private for‑profit and nonprofit hospitals (Bjorvatn.,2018). Several nonprofit hospitals are under the contract with Regional Health Authority (RHAs) in their particular regions and are in practice measured as part of the public healthcare system.
I support your point that the tremendous challenge to the market-driven healthcare system and the gap that Affordable Care Act (ACA) tried to bridge was the way to insure all Americans. Despite this challenge, health insurance remains an appropriate and a discussed topic in the United States. The number of individuals having health insurance in the U.S. was nearly 300 million in 2019, approximately 92% of the population (Statista Research Department., 2021). As the goal of ACA is to make health insurance cheap and available to all Americans, it requires nearly all Americans have health coverage. Most coverage satisfies this particular need, including insurance individuals get from an employer. Correspondingly, care is catered for through government programs such as Medicare, seniors, and individuals below the poverty line. Generally, Medicare plays a vital role in affording health and financial security to roughly 60 million older individuals and those young people having disabilities (Fullen et al.,2020). It covers numerous essential health services, counting physician services, hospital stays, and prescription drugs.
Bjorvatn, A. (2018). Private or public hospital ownership: Does it matter? Social Science & Medicine, 196, 166-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.11.038
Fullen, M. C., Brossoie, N., Dolbin-MacNab, M. L., Lawson, G., & Wiley, J. D. (2020). The impact of the Medicare mental health coverage gap on rural mental health care access. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 44(4), 243. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.7811
Statista Research Department. (2021, April 20). Topic: Health insurance in the U.S. Statista. https://www.statista.com/topics/7807/health-insurance-in-the-us/