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Health Care Reform

Today, the health care reform raises heat debates in the society because some people believe the health care reform is unnecessary, whereas others believe the health care reform is essential. In this debate the latter are apparently right and, whatever is the position of opponents of the health care reform, the US government has already launched the reform. Therefore, the US society should take control over the reform to make the national health care system, which has already proved its inefficiency, more effective and health care services available to all Americans. In this regard, the increase of the government funding and government support of the national health care system is the only effective way to make the national health care system better because the government can set standards and control functioning of health care organizations and, at the same time, the government does not look for profits as health care organizations and insurance companies do raising costs of health care services today.

On analyzing the situation in the national health care system of the US, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that the current development of the national health care system leads to a dead-end. What is meant here is the fact that, today, health care costs are rising, while the economic recession has made health insurance unavailable for many Americans, who relied heavily on their health insurance. At the same time, they cannot afford paying for the health care services they need to maintain their health or to treat their health problems. In addition, there is a large part of uninsured Americans, who live in poverty and cannot afford health care insurance and paying for health care services. In such a way, the further rise of health care costs is likely to increase in the future because the profit-oriented health care system, in which health care organizations, health care professionals and insurance companies are concerned with their profits above all, stimulate the rise of health care costs, regardless of the availability of health care services to citizens.

Therefore, changes are essential to provide health care services for all Americans. In fact, the rising health care costs raise barriers on the way of Americans to health care services. Ironically, the progress of modern technologies and medicine allows the treatment of many diseases but the lack of money leaves many Americans face-to-face with their health problems, whereas health care organizations cannot provide them with health care services for free. In such a situation, many Americans are left aside of health care services, while the access to health care services widens gap between the rich and the poor and the number of the poor grows progressively as the US stumbles though the economic recession.

In actuality, insurance companies and health care organizations have proved their inability to provide health care services for all Americans. Instead, health care organizations and insurance companies focus on their profits mainly, while needs of patients remain secondary for them. In fact, they do not provide health care services for patients, who cannot afford health care services of the high quality. Therefore, they contribute to rising barriers on the way of Americans to equal access to health care services. The lack of financial resources becomes a crucial factor for Americans to receive health care services or not that makes the availability of health care services to Americans dependent on the socioeconomic status of an individual.

In such a situation, the government support is essential to decrease health care costs, set national health care standards, and to provide health care services for all Americans. What is mean here is the fact that the government support will provide the national health care system with financial resources through the budget funding of health care organizations at the federal as well as state level. In such a way, the federal and state budget funding of health care organizations will allow the government to influence the performance of health care organizations. In this regard, the state will be able to set health care standards, which health care organizations and professionals should match to receive the funding from the state or federal budget. In such a way, health care organizations and health care professionals will be motivated to work better and to provide health care services of the high quality to match the set health care standards. In such a way, health care organizations and health care professionals will be interested in the quality of health care services and customer satisfaction. At this point, it is worth mentioning the fact that it will be taxpayers, who actually fund the new health care system through public funds. In such a way, health care organizations will serve directly to the public. At the same time, insurance companies will become unnecessary mediators between the government and health care organizations. Therefore, the government will be able to save costs on health care services through the direct funding of the national health care system.

Hence, the government support will eventually make health care services a public good but not a privilege as they are now. To put it more precisely, the government will set high standards of health care services and the public funding of health care system will save costs and decrease health care costs. More important, the new health care system will provide health care services for all Americans that will actually make health care services a public good but not a mere commodity or privilege available to the few, who can afford paying for health care services. Naturally, the public funding of the health care system through the federal and state budgets will need the creation of a special fund and the increase in revenues of the federal and state budget. For this purpose, the government can introduce fiscal changes and introduce taxes, respectively to the socioeconomic status and income of taxpayers. As a result, the rich will pay higher taxes to fund the national health care system, while the poor will pay as much as they can afford and some categories of the US population may be free of the health care tax.

Thus, the health care reform should enhance the involvement of the government in the funding and regulation of the national health care system. The public funding of health care organizations from the federal and state budgets will increase the availability of health care services to all Americans. Therefore, health care services will become a public good and Americans will not worry about effective health care services being delivered to them.