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Medical Sociology: Healthcare to Me

Health care to me is a basic human right, because everyone should be provided with the same basic medical services to live a happy and productive life. However, the question to this end becomes who should be held responsible to pay for the medical services of those who can’t afford the money to pay for their medical services? We are all created equal as social beings, but economically differs in terms of how much money we make and the services we received also become stratified.

The availability of a universal health care system has been an on-going debate not only in the United States and some developing countries, but globally touching the edges of every government. A population that is healthy can also become a productive workforce. The movie “Sicko” assessed the health care systems of the United States, Canada, France, Great Britain and Cuba. In the United States, health care is paid for by private and minimum public insurance plans. An individual can spend about $1,200.00 every year to cover his or her health. However, this can be substantially different from other states and also exponentially different if an individual becomes married with children.

The US Government, health care providers and insurance companies are becoming richer and some of the riches are split between the richer, middle class and the lower class creating social stratification and the gaps between the rich and the poor is increasing. Health is as important as education. If we in the United States support free education in the primary, junior high and high school public schools, why can’t we have free universal health care? It is assumed that the universal health care system is a socialist system. Now the question is what about our social security programs, welfare program, free public schools program, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program, students Federal Financial Aid program, summer free food state and federal grants? Aren’t these programs having some socialist motive and goals? Why should providing a universal health care be considered as a socialist ideology if we are already doing such? To me, we should follow the universal health care systems practice in order to developed nations and even some developing countries such as Cuba and Botswana. Considering the wealth that our current government has and the amount of taxes that we pay annually to individual States and the Federal Government, there should be a universal health care system.

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