I decided on unaffordable healthcare as my topic because I see many stories about raising prescription costs and pricy emergency room trips. Even giving birth at a hospital can cost a family tens of thousands of dollars, and that shouldn't be normal in America.
The overutilization of healthcare services
Rising prices and how America's costs compare to other nations
Overutilization- the overuse of medical services (cosmetic surgeries, knee replacements, etc.)
What is the problem with our healthcare system?
The healthcare system in America is expensive and many people go into debt trying to pay their hospital bills, pay for insulin, or any prescription drug they may need to survive. This is extremely controversial because people shouldn't have to pay tens of thousands of dollars just to buy what they NEED to keep their body functioning.
Overutilization of Medical Services
With healthcare being offered in many places, Americans spend more money on these services than they should. Plastic surgery is a good example of how Americans spend more than neccesary on their medical bills. Because of these types of procedures, people also visit the doctor more than needed.
Unlike other nations, America does not have a single agency buying supplies and medicine in bulk, and, therefore, at a discounted price. Because of our "fragmented" system, where health insurance plans are left to negotiate for prices, America pays much higher prices to import medicine; it is much easier to lose a negotiation with a company than an entire country.
America's costs compared to other nations
Many doctors in America have been starting their own practices to get their patients more affordable prices than health insurance companies can offer.
America should consider deciding on one agency to negotiate prices of imported medicine
People who cannot afford most health insurance companies should move to self-practicing doctors with cheaper plans
America's healthcare system should focus on stablizing the rise of prices; things like insulin will become too expensive for most people to afford
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