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NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
National Health care system exists in most industrialized countries including Canada and Britain. This is what makes its absence in the United States even more conspicuous. Proponents of single-payer system rave about the perceived benefits of a national healthcare system. Opponents however believe that such a system results in further degradation of healthcare services as people have to wait for days and weeks for appointment with a specialist, there is no real relationship between patient and physician and accountability is lacking.
Healthcare insurance is an important issue in the United States and it has turned into a critical one with 45.8 million uninsured people in the country. The steady rise in number of people under the age of 65 without health insurance has called for immediate action. The country that spends so heavily on healthcare has strangely been unable to provide adequate health coverage to a significant percentage of the population. With healthcare insurance premiums rising consistently, not everyone is able to afford employer sponsored insurance.
President Obama has recently proposed a national healthcare system alternative but this reform has only led to further controversy and intense debate on whether we actually needs a national system or is it about blindly following what appears to work in Canada and Britain. The truth is that we do need a National Healthcare System but one that wouldn't replace multi-payer system but co-exist with it to offer more benefits to those who cannot afford health insurance on their own. Single-payer system or a national healthcare system alone is not the solution because it will restrict people's access to quality healthcare and to their choice of specialists and hospitals. It has been repeatedly explained that while a national system sounds attractive, the reality is not as rosy. Social disparities are still prevalent even in a national healthcare system and accountability can be a major problem. Thus the best solution is to have a national healthcare system that would co-exist with multi-payer system. This would allow people to have more options and also cover those who cannot afford an individualized plan.
- John C. Goodman, Gerald L. Musgrave, Devon M. Herrick, Lives at risk: National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.) Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.; 1 edition (August 28, 2004)
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