If YOU care, reform Health CARE!
The success of a nation depends on the health of its people. The American people are mentally ill, especially with addiction. Anyone can become an addict, and anyone can overcome addiction. That is, if they are given the right care. The jails are filling up, and the people are getting sicker. Healthcare should be available to all in need of help. Addicts need help. The Public Health Party is going to provide.
It is not uncommon to hear a person is America say that they will not go to the doctor despite minor or major issues only because it is far too expensive. To the Public Health Party this is embarrassing. Under this party, all citizens will be given the same health care options. Rehabilitation will be a major part of the system, and the facilities and clinics will be better researched and funded. The patients will be celebrated when they enter and when they exit.
Not only is it important to help current addicts, but we also plan to prevent future addicts. A large portion of dangerous drug addicts become hooked after a necessary medical procedure. Doctors will be more conscious of who they are working with, meaning they will analyze personality types for addictive personalities and they will monitor the drugs closely. This sense of celebration for the betterment of our people will give us a major sense of pride. One only a healthy nation can have.
Currently the United States does not provide Healthcare to the entire population. One primary cause is the accessibility and price of health insurance, without health insurance the average person would not be able to afford any form of health care (Health care in the US). Insurance needs reform. As a country, rising healthcare costs have raised concerns among the public and private sector alike. Between 2000 and 2011, health care expenditures nearly doubled, growing from $1.2 trillion to $2.3 trillion (Health care in the US).
According to The Commonwealth Fund the United States has the most expensive healthcare in the world right now (Health care in the US). It also ranks last in performance in most dimensions when compared to other first world countries. The World Health Organization ranked the United States first in responsiveness, thirty-seventh in overall performance and seventy-second in overall health (Health care in the US). These numbers were drawn from a total of one hundred ninety-one countries total.
Mental illness is the second leading cause of disability in the United States. It affects around twenty percent of the nation (Mentally Ill). Despite the large number of people suffering from mental illness, less than fifty percent of those affected get treatment, due to the bad stigmas attached to it, or simply because of the lack of access to care (Mentally Ill).
In jails there are far too many mentally ill individuals. There are three times the amount of mentally ill people in jails than there are mentally ill people in hospitals in the United States (Mentally Ill). The reasons for the large portions on those in jail rather than in hospitals could likely be due to the deinstitutionalization of mentally ill individuals in the mid-twentieth century; inadequate community mental health treatment resources; and the criminalization of mental illness itself (Mentally Ill). Mentally ill people experience solitary confinement at disproportionate rates and are more vulnerable to its adverse psychological effects.
This information goes to show not only that the United States are not treating mentally ill people correctly, but that the people who need help are not receiving it before it is too late, and they have developed a pattern of criminal activity. If the stigmas attached to mental illness were removed and help was easier accessed we would have a reduced crime rate, and those in need would not have to turn toward alternatives to feel alright.
In order to implement the means for a society in which everyone benefits from healthcare we must look to other successful countries that have instituted working policies to benefit their entire population with the mentally ill at the forefront. Ranked number eleven in the world for healthcare, Norway, has a system to be envied. All citizens under sixteen or pregnant receive free healthcare and those with the ability to do so pay an annual deductible which covers them for the entire year (Healthcare in Norway). The number one country for healthcare is Japan. Japan requires all citizens by law to have health care coverage (Health care system in Japan). Citizens are responsible for thirty percent of their health care costs and the government takes care of the rest. There is other insurance available. All medical fees are strictly regulated by the government, thus preventing the dramatic rise of prices in drugs and for procedures as seen in the United States (Health care system in Japan). To argue that the United States could not implement the same types of health care coverage as these, based on finances is ignorant. There is always money when it comes to things such as war, it should be no different when it comes to the health of a nation’s people.
Healthcare in the United States needs reform. Our mentally ill, and poor are suffering and there is no need for it. Every person should have access to healthcare regardless of any trait or quality that may set them apart in any way. The Public Health Party plans to implement a system of healthcare very similar to that of Japan’s. It is time we put the health of this nation at the forefront. We need to reduce mental illness and demolish the stigma attached to it.
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