I believe current health care in the United States is a privilege, not a right. The Health care system of United States is based on the private and public insurance system. Private Insurance is based on employer sponsor and individual purchase, while Public Insurance is based on Medicaid which is for people over age of 65 and disabled people. According to U.S. department of Health and Human services (2011, September), 55.3% of the population’s insurance is sponsored by employer and 16.3% are uninsured. Even Health is the basic and universal right for human being significant proportion of American population could not afford the rocketed cost of health care and insurance. It is not only a problem of uninsured individual but also of working and middle-class families who have health insurance but still struggle to pay for it. If it were the right, people would access health care despite of their age, employment and income.
To ameliorate the present condition, the government should implement Universal Health care system rather than involving private sectors. Private Organizations are completely based on profit. So, those people with good financial conditions can only afford the expensive services. For instance, Per Capita Income of United States is twice as much as other Industrialized Country, while the outcome is worse with higher mortality rate in comparison to those industrialized Counties. If the government enforces the law of universal health care like in Canada, Britain and Germany, then it will bring better results and Health Care will be affordable to every citizen of U.S.
The top and renowned hospital and technology may not only differentiate the health status of people. In America, we have the largest medical center of the world with more advance technology. Despite this, many people get disadvantaged because of not being able to pay for insurance and struggle for their whole life fighting for the medical coverage. Leslie Elder died because of Hodgkin Lymphoma at the age of 63, who gave up soaring and unaffordable insurance rates and got defeated while fighting decades for medical coverage (Stephanie & Nadia , 2012, September 2). This is the overwhelming reality of American people.