The current delivery of health care services represents one of the most important subjects for discussion both in the Obama Administration as well as the Republican one and the Administrations that preceded the Bush one. Regardless of political color, it must be pointed out that the health care system in the United States does not only depend on the ideological orientation, but also on the people and their own beliefs in terms of human action and interaction. It is a clear fact that "Ten years ago, the U.S. healthcare system was declared "broken," and it has not improved. Fixes promised by managed care have not materialized. Premiums are rising. Hassles for patients and physicians abound. Nearly 45 million Americans are uninsured." (Garson, 2000)
One of the most severe problems facing the health care system in the United States is the discussion that is being held between those that argue health care system is the representative of a social state and the ones that consider health care as part of the minimum basis of social care that a state is mandatory to provide to its citizens in response to the social contract that the citizens of the state signed, through citizenship, with the governing bodies.
One of the main issues surrounding the system is represented by the fact that, despite citizenship, people do not have access to the health care system through insurance. This is to say that, no matter the social contributions, the minimum health care structure does not allow the average American to benefit from life saving treatment. The main reason for this is the economic crisis that took its toll on all socially assisted societies. Until 2008-9, the health care system relied heavily on the way in which the state would be able to provide assistance for every tax payer. However, as the funds from the local and federal government were reduced dramatically, people felt that the state is misrepresenting them in terms of the free assistance that can be provided. Nowadays, it is more and more difficult to comprehend the degree to which the state can cover the medical expenses of its citizens. Hence, the main problem in this case is related to a change in perspective and at the same time of approach.
Another issue that is significant for the way in which the state acts as a guardian of social welfare is related to the actual funds that the recent Obama administration is willing to invest in the health care system. It must be pointed out that health represents a top priority for every government around the world because it provides the backbone of the working class and at the same time of the production means. However, the trend is that the state no longer assists its individuals in this case, but rather it promotes private health care systems that allow for a better and more comprehensive health care coverage that, at the same time, reliefs some of the stress posed on the public system.
Finally another major issue that is facing the care system relates to the burdening bureaucracy that determines the system in itself to react too slow to the needs of the patients. These needs vary from the immediate need of medical care in emergency cases to the payment plans that allow patients to actually cover their medical expenses in installments. Given budget cuts and a reorganization of the medical care system that has been going on for years now in the form of a reform of the system, there is a decrease in the medical resources available for the population and the time for reaction in case of emergency become therefore longer, endangering even the lives of people.
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The problems that arise as a result of insufficient funding or reform approaches affect the individual at the basic levels and eventually the quality of the medical care services. Indeed, there are few means thru which one can influence the decisions that are taken at the highest levels especially given the fact that those decisions are taken with due considerations for aspects, information, and elements that are beyond the common understanding of the population. However, it is the human responsibility of those that have dedicated their lives to helping people to be able to do it at the best of their capacity. This is why I believe that despite the issues facing…