American healthcare is broken. How do we fix it?

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

The leading reason for bankruptcy of American families is medical treatment (1). Not loss of work, not poor paying work, not marital disruption, but medical treatment.
While healthcare is a point of controversy in the U.S., most agree that this is unacceptable. Corporate greed is responsible for families who accept treatment going bankrupt, and permanent injury or death of those who decline it due to cost.
Out of 58 countries considered “very highly developed” by the United Nations Human Development Index, the United States is the sole country without universal healthcare, which guarantees treatment to all citizens (2).
87 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured (1). Thus, healthcare coverage has become a hot topic in recent political campaigns. “Socialized” medicine, however, continues to scare some Americans. They imagine government-run facilities with people lined up by the hundreds waiting hours for treatment.
Some Democrats have chosen to embrace “socialized healthcare” while others have tried to leave out the s-word. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and others have all jumped on the “Medicare for All” train.
“I believe that single-payer healthcare is the best circumstance,” junior Trevor Quintero said. “People should not have to worry about out-of-network providers, medication costs, or treatment costs. Additionally, I have seen studies that show that all populations are positively impacted by it, as the system is much more transparent.”
America must stop attempting to protect massive healthcare corporations and begin to catch up to our first-world counterparts. One of the wealthiest nations in the world should not have its citizens refusing treatment because of cost.