I think that one of the most significant issues in health care delivery in the US is the inaccessibility of such services for the people, particularly those who are less fortunate. This is a problem now, but it can get even worse in the future if changes are not made to improve the situation.
This is of concern to me because, as an aspiring physician, my goal is not only to secure a good future for myself by having a good career but also to be of service to the people. However, given the increasing medical costs and with the seemingly ever-present economic difficulties, medical services are becoming more and more inaccessible to the people who need them most. This would serve as a dilemma for a would-be physician like me because, while I would want nothing more than to extend my services to the needy, I would also want to be properly compensated for my services.
I am sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way. As it is, many doctors are already turning away from their obligation to provide treatment just because of the patient’s inability to pay. It is ironic that the patient’s financial capabilities take precedence over their urgent need for medical help. It is also ironic that the people who have taken an oath to save lives and to provide treatment for the sick are the same people who turn away people who are in critical conditions. While I may perceive this as ethically or morally wrong, I also cannot blame the doctors who also need to make a living.
Although Obamacare has already been approved, we have yet to see how effective and helpful it will be. With the many criticisms it’s getting, it’s possible for this lack of public support to hinder its successful implementation. However, I don’t think that it’s an impossible feat as other countries have successfully implemented universal health care systems In Sweden and France, for example, people are able to get the services that they need, but the physicians are still properly compensated. As shown in the documentary Sicko, the French doctors who work under the public health care system are still able to live lavish lifestyles.
With other countries effectively implementing such programs, I am inclined to take a positive outlook on the Obamacare program. However, I believe that for it to be successful, it will take a whole nation changing their mindset about healthcare. Surely, this new health program will bring some negative “side effects,” but if given the chance and if only the people can keep an open mind about it then I think it has the potential of making for a healthier America.