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In this paper, I will argue that the two major
problems in the U.S. healthcare system are the high cost of health insurance
and disparities in the quality of care people acquire. Further, I will describe
the two systematic forces responsible for these significant problems. The two
notable routine effects that I will discuss are lack of government regulation
and access to bad insurance policy. Lastly, in this paper, I will describe two
strategies that will fix the healthcare problems I have related. The two approaches
I will explain are government controls over health care coverage so that
everyone can afford it and government funding to physicians in low income
areas.                                                                                                                                              Did
you know that, 50 million people in the United States had no health insurance
in 2009? The government should regulate the high cost of health insurance by
reducing unnecessary procedures and medication cost. The reason why healthcare
in the United States is so expensive is because there’s no regulation on the
cost of unnecessary procedures. Overusing procedures, such as MRI’s, X-rays, and other lab equipment’s is
expensive. It may also harm patients because physicians may prescribe the wrong
medications and perform incorrect, unnecessary, and inappropriate treatment or
surgery. Sometimes, physicians order more tests/procedures than necessary in
order to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits. These procedures are
unnecessary costs because it increases money spent on healthcare in the U.S.                 Pharmaceutical
companies are the reason why medication cost is so expensive because the
government isn’t regulating it. The price of our prescription is set by
pharmaceutical companies who create it. In most countries, the government
negotiates drug prices with drug makers. These companies are monopolizing the
cost control because there isn’t any competition. When Congress created
Medicare Part D, it denied Medicare the right to negotiate drug prices.
Medicare Part D is a prescription drug coverage that pays federal taxes and
monthly premiums from beneficiaries. The only company that arranges drug prices
and pays the lowest drug price is Medicaid. Medicaid is a program designed to
provide health care for low income families.                Another
reason why the cost of health care is rising because of supply and demand.
There is high demand for flu vaccination during the fall and winter because
people want to reduce their chances of becoming sick. Once there is a high
demand for something people would want more of it. The price will also increase
because people will be willing to pay extra for the supply; which is flu
vaccines. The seller knows that he/she will make extra money because their
product is in demand. Similarly, the price will decrease when there’s a low
demand. Therefore, the seller won’t make money because it’s no longer in demand.
This concept can be applied towards the cost of medicine because there’s new
findings that may help cure someone who’s ill. Overall, supply and demand is
the reason why high cost of health insurance is a problem in the U.S.     The second major problem in the U.S. healthcare
system is disparities in the quality of care people acquire. Some people are confronted
with these disparities because of their socioeconomic status and misdistribution
of primary care providers. Depending on the area you live in; the quality of
care you acquire is based on your zip code. A low socioeconomic status is
usually associated with unemployment and therefore lacks income. A lack of
income would limit someone from accessing their resources such as health care,
education, and food. This will increase their chances of developing health
problems therefore contributing higher mortality and morbidity rates. An
example would be physicians in a poor neighborhood versus physicians in a
wealthy neighborhood. Physicians in a deprived neighborhood may not have the
most up to date technology rather than a wealthy area because there aren’t enough
government funds. The reason why socioeconomic status is a problem because it
affects overall health, and people aren’t getting the adequate care they need.
Just because an individual has health insurance may not guarantee full coverage
because individuals may pay out of pocket for procedures that aren’t fully
covered.                                                                                                                                Another
reason why disparity in the quality of care is a problem in the U.S is because of
misdistribution of primary care providers.