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Anderson 1 Kelly Anderson English 1020 April 26, 2017 Research Paper Healthcare in the USA: A Market in Shambles, But Pieces to Rebuild Picture a plane crash. Deserted on an island with no civilization and no access to outside resources. If anyone could be chosen to accompany you on this gruesome endeavor, who would you want by your side? A survival expert? A botanist? Perhaps an educator of some variety? Very high on that list would have to list a medical professional. In nearly all congres- sional districts in the United States hospitals are either the number 1 or 2 employer in the area. From January 2012 to May 2015 the statistics of employment in the hospital industry increased by over 100,000 thousand employees. (Diamond). So why is it that the healthcare of individual Americans is at an all-time low? The Human Development Index, a system developed by the United Nations Development Programme to help rank nations by potential human development, lists the United States as being in the top 5 among civilized nations in per capital indicators for life expectancy, education, and income However, according to the World Health Report put out by the World Health Organiza- tion in 2013, the United States ranked number 37 in the world for health systems (World Health Report). Why does one of the most economically developed countries in the world today would score so poorly in one of the most basic facets of human necessity? Some believe the cause of this mismatch is due to corporate greed and a constant push for raises in profit margins. In fact, health related companies such as McKesson and UnitedHealth Group have single year profits totaling over 1 and a quarter billion dollars and ranked in the top
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Anderson 2 15 of the Fortune 500 list (Lorenzetti). Some say that the industry, whild operating in an area with very little regulatory interference from Congress, as been able to continually use the system to itsutmost advantage and has put the average consumer in a very difficult position. An opposing view point is that there is not actually any problemwith the American Health Care System. Theybelieve that many middle and lower class Americans are unhappy with the care provided by doctors and health insurance companies because theirexpectations are unrealis- tic. Certain members of this school of thought assert that health insurance is something only nec- essary to be in place in case of severe illness or emergency, a type of insurancetermed disaster insurance. ”  Through the course of this piece, the current state of the United States healthcare system will be examined and analyzed to determine: 1)the best possible solution for the encroaching monster of perpetually rising medical expenses, and 2) whether the solution to this problem should come from the Government or if the general populace needs to set more realistic expecta- tions of what their insurance can and should do be doing considering the payments being in form of deductibles and premiums.
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