16 Matching Annotations
  1. Feb 2018
    1. On whom does the duty to provide health care to all the world’s citizens fall

      Government. The founders of the American government called "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" "unalienable rights" in the declaration of independence. When one doesn't have the ability to see a healthcare provider, the "unalienable rights" of life ad the pursuit of happiness are infringed upon.

    2. Is the so called human right to health care a right to basic provision of clean water and adequate food, or does everyone in the world have a right to organ transplantation, cosmetic surgery, infertility treatment, and the most expensive medicine

      so the validity of the claim that health care is a human right hinges on the definition of healthcare. I thiink that healthcare is a human right because health=life, and every person on this earth has the right to life.

    1. high rates of screening for these conditions or their associated risk factors

      Maybe if the US focused more on preventative treatment all across the board, it could perform better than most high income countries. The problem becomes that many Americans have poor access to physicians, and the high cost that medications and care have.

    1. With emphasis on early detection and preventive care, the reduced reliance on emergency room treatments, and a reduction in unnecessary services, the plan has the potential to significantly reduce the nation's healthcare costs.

      This could be the solution to the long wait time healthcare receivers must face in countries with Universal healthcare such as Canada. By taking these preventative measures, less people will need to see providers.

    1. reduction in unnecessary services

      This could be a good counterargument to the claim that the wait time with universal healthcare is "absurd". With less people needed to be treated, there wont be as long of a wait time.

    1. $2 billion The U.S. spends $9,024 per person on health care annually, which is more than any other natio

      Per person or is this the average? The US has way more people than Sweden for example, which changes what the data is saying significantly.

    1. The U.S. ranks last in Access, Equity, and Health Care Outcomes, and next to last in Administrative Efficiency

      Interesting because the US spends far more on health care than other high-income countries according to Figure 1

    1. cost to administer Medicare is 2.3 cents per dollar of benefit

      I wonder what has happened in the last 15 years and if there are current statistics amounting the cost of Medicare and HMO to the dollar.

    2. government budgets are set so low that demand outstrips supply

      Universal isn't the right solution because the 'supply' that the government offers (that comes with a universal healthcare plan) cant keep up with the 'demand' of citizens, and it doesn't transfer over into private sectors healthcare, forcing citizens to wait for healthcare.

    1. Medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the US.

      Not only will there be better healthcare for everyone, there are economic benefits for the masses that will accompany it.

    2. the US’s universal healthcare system will almost certainly have a different flavour than, say, France’s – but we can no longer accept that such a system is impossible.

      Of course the US's healthcare system will be different, but it is possible to achieve.

    3. pay more than double what other countries do, and get worse results

      Not only does the US fail in offering universal healthcare, we pay more for it than countries and get worse results- Human decency isn't the only incentive for changing the American healthcare system, universal healthcare could cost less and be more effective than the current healthcare system.

    1. “insurance for everybody”

      The president seems flip-floppy on his stance on healthcare. First he wants it, Americans need it and then he calls a proposed plan for it a "curse". Then he repeals the ACA, which took 22 million people off of healtcare and called it "mean"(???!)

    2. “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.” Trump admitted it was an “un-Republican” position, but said he felt strongly.

      This is really surprising, seeing as of recent he has called universal healthcare a "curse". Does he believe it's a curse because it was proposed by a democratic senator and not under his terms?

    3. Under his plan, Medicare – a federal health insurance program available to people 65 and older and some people with disabilities – would be expanded over four years. In the first year, the eligibility age would be lowered to 55 and access opened to children through age 18. The age of eligibility would be gradually lowered until the program was open to “every resident of the United States”.

      One plan to provide universal healthcare

    4. No, Mr President, providing healthcare to every man, woman and child as a right is not a curse. It’s exactly what we should be doing

      Its hard to argue with that.