A guest blog article by Audrey Ann Harjung (woman of God, student, world Citizen)
You cannot put a price on health and well-being. Every human being has the right, or should have the right, to get the medical attention that they need. We need to be taking care of the generations above us, because they are supposed to be setting an example for our generation and the generation below us. But healthcare, for the average human being who has no wealth whatsoever, is way too costly and something needs to be done about it.
Basically, healthcare should be all accessible and inexpensive.
While, it is understandable that all of the people working in healthcare need to be paid, it is very unfair to people who might not even have a job. Or if they do, and it only covers the bills without much left over, then how can they to pay these highly priced fees to go to see a doctor. Then what? Shell out more money to get medicine or treatment for whatever is wrong with them.
As humans we were designed to get sick, and there are so many different illnesses and variations of illnesses that a human can contract, our bodies cannot fight off every single one. Sometimes we need medicine to cure us. Even things like vitamins and all natural remedies are very expensive. Some people do not even buy vitamins because they simply do not have the money for them.
As a people, as a society, we are crumbling under the weight of all sorts of debt, and one of those should not be from healthcare. We are infested with all kinds of sickness and diseases and we deserve to be taken care of – at a reasonable price. Many people are in so much physical pain, and they are not getting the treatment and/or medicine that they need because they cannot afford it. There are many Americans who struggle to pay for health insurance, and some people do not have any at all.
Is this what America is supposed to be about? A land where it is hard for people to have and keep health insurance, and where it is hard to pay for necessary healthcare? It was not supposed to be.
There is this cycle that is very noticeable that needs to be considered when thinking about healthcare and the individual within the whole society. A person is sick and therefore cannot work, they lose their job. They have no income/less of an income now. They need to pay for the medicine that they need to get better, so that they can go back to work and start having an income again, but they cannot buy the medicine because they have no money. And when more and more people are out of work and sick at the same time, we are adding to the already high unemployment rate, and to the high rate of people with illnesses that are living with it and not getting better.
Healthcare is something that is obviously necessary. When people are without healthcare it causes a great detriment in their life. Many people are already so unhealthy with just their eating habits, that we do not have as strong of immune systems as we like to tell ourselves. Our society needs a better, more efficient healthcare system. One that is geared towards helping people, taking care of people.
One that if affordable for all people.