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October 4, 2012

Contextualizing an Issue- the high cost of health care


Contextualizing an Issue- the high cost of health care
The Unites States health care system is considered the one of the best healthcare system in the world as proclaimed by the United States politicians and different stake holders but on the contrary the majority of the Americans don’t support that argument. According to the masses, this claim has no proper background because the skyrocketing cost of the healthcares is not suitable for majority of the Americans’ budget. This difference or gap of opinion is the outcome of formalization the health care policies under the political pressure rather than to formalize it after thorough study and analysis of the ongoing systems.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the characteristics of good health system should have three main parts: 1) good health: upgrade the health of the whole population to the satisfied level for all entities of the society, 2) Responsiveness: provide the proper response according to the people expectations with respect by arranging the proper health care facilities, 3) Fairness in Financing: Providing assurance of Financial protection for all segments of the society with proper distribution of the cost according the individual financial health. (WHO 2000)

In contrary, the cost of health care in the United States is increased and being increased by leaps and bounds during the past some decades as discussed earlier, it is because of lack of proper analysis and accepting the ground realities during the Policy formalization But issue is that which type of analysis should be done to reduce the overall cost? According to the study:
“The increasing share of medical bills paid by third-party payers (insurance companies and governments) and the disastrous consequences are documented. Patients overuse medical resources since those resources appear to be free or almost free. Producers of medical equipment create new and more expensive devices, even if they are of only marginal benefit, since third-party payers create a guaranteed market. Attempts to rein in those costs have led to a blizzard of paperwork but proven ineffective in controlling costs”. (Cato 2010)
Therefore, proper vigilance and analysis is inevitable during the process of policy formalization and implementation because there will be no use of such kind of policies that are unable to nurture the grassroots of the society.  Another reason of the increasing medical cost is the careless attitude of Americans towards their health, majority of the Americans prefer to enjoy chocolate, burgers and other different types of fast foods but pay less attention to do proper exercise and jogging that is the major cause of increasing health care cost for both the individuals and the United states. Furthermore, the third party payments is the another catalyst of increasing health care cost, as per estimate this cost to be over $300 billion with the $33 billion administration cost. (Consumerreports 2010)

Conclusion
After the discussion, it is obvious that there are lot of factors that are playing their role to unnecessarily increasing the health care cost including the hospital, Drug companies, third party payments and careless behavior of Americans. Therefore, before implementation any type of health care policy, it is inevitable to identify the causes as highlighted above than construct the concrete solution by keep focusing the benefit of American nations, the policy should have the characteristics that will be accepted by the all segments of the society.

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