A country’s health is only as good as the citizens who reside there. The U.S. is regarded around the world as the #1 economically endowed country. Many may not know the following, but the U.S. is also #1 in the categories below compared to peer nations such as Germany, Canada, France, UK and Australia. These results are from the American Public Health Association and the Commonwealth Fund.
- The U.S. #1 for burden to Adults with chronic disease. (Chronic disease burden is adults that have ever been told by a doctor that they have two or more of the following chronic conditions: joint pain or arthritis; asthma or chronic lung disease; diabetes; heart disease, including heart attack; or hypertension/high blood pressure.)
- U.S. #1 for Infant mortality rate and women dying due to complications
- U.S. #1 for Suicide rate
- U.S. #1 for Hospitalizations from preventable causes
- U.S. #1 for Avoidable Deaths
- U.S. #1 for Obesity and diabetes for decades now
- U.S. #1 In Drug Related Death by far according to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Analysis used data from the 2019 release of health statistics compiled by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which tracks and reports on a wide range of health system measures across 36 high-income countries. Data were extracted between July and August 2019.
A Wallstreet trader said to me once at party, “If you don’t know who is getting screwed in a trade that means it’s you.” There are winners and losers according Wallstreet trade policy. I’m here to tell every American that your health is priceless and untradeable.
Health care should be the priority of every country. Every citizen and resident should be able to receive an annual checkup and treatment, because the country will benefit with a healthy and productive live. Ignoring millions of Americans that don’t have health care or lack proper insurance is only intensifying the problem for the near future. A simple illness can turn into life threating disease at any moment.
Data from the US Census Bureau indicates that a total of 27.5 million Americans had no health insurance during 2018. Having no health insurance also often means that people will postpone necessary care and forego preventive care – such as childhood immunizations and routine check-ups-completely. Because the uninsured usually have no regular doctor and limited access to prescription medications, they are more likely to be hospitalized for health conditions that could have been avoided. If a third of our population can’t get treatment now, the health of our country is in critical condition.
Fellow Americans have you ever heard this question below:
From a level 0 -10 (0 being no pain 10 being the most pain you have ever felt) what are you experiencing right now?
Have you ever answered a 9 for a headache?
And thinking about your lack of health insurance makes it a 10.
What do you do?
Fortunately for Americans like me living in border cities like El Paso, Texas are able to access affordable treatment from our sister Cd. Juarez Mexico. I felt that was my only option I needed root canal because of a molar eating bacteria that had reached my nerves. Mind you have been working since I was 16 years of age and I have a college degree but the pain got me in between jobs which means no insurance.
If you are an American and have the level 10 pain just go to emergency room or an urgent care. Bankruptcy only last 7 years, an American life expectancy is about 78 years of age which is the lowest compared to our peer nations. I’m talking about half-million people that will go bankrupt this year because of medical bills in the United States (LATIMES 2019). At this rate 16% of the US population will be bankrupt in 10 years.
According to PBS Healthcare crisis webpage: delaying care for fear of medical bills is a downward spiral that leads to ultimately higher health care costs for all of us. More than one third of uninsured adults reported they have problems paying their bills, which helps explain why many of the uninsured don’t seek out the care they need until the last minute. But when an uninsured person is in crisis and cannot pay, that burden falls upon the insured population, the hospitals, the doctors and the government. And these billions of dollars of “uncompensated care” drive up health insurance premiums for everyone (PBS.org).
If the health care system doesn’t allow every resident in the U.S. to been seen now, it’s going to cost extra in the near future. The health care system needs to prepare for the 27 million Americans that don’t see a doctor regularly. We need to have programs where we invite everyone in the community that does not have health care insurance the opportunity to see a doctor.
We need to have more incentives for our youth to become doctors and nurses instead of lawyers and Wall Street traders. We should have doctors and nurses pay a visit to all the uninsured residents treat them if necessary because if we catch something early is easier to treat and less expensive. We should have our Armed forces attack our biggest foe weak vigor. Instead of playing defense, let’s go on the offense and attack the country’s growing health conditions.
Note major provisions of the Affordable Care Act were introduced recently but there are still millions of Americans that feel hopeless because they can’t see a doctor. The hypocrisy of the system has been illustrated with the Covid- 19 virus. Now that we have an infectious virus going around now we get free vaccines but before there were millions of Americans dying for causes that could have been treat with a vaccine. Only when it affects the majority of the workforce of the rich and powerful that finance our healthcare. Together we are more powerful than any CEO and or Wallstreet bank don’t forget that.
Unprejudiced health care system for everyone like France, Canada and the UK.
May God bless health care workers around the world and may God bless the United States of America.