If we want people to live longer and healthier lives, health care should be given top priority. Without good health, students and workers cannot perform at their best in school or work and get the most out of life experiences; that is why reform of health-care system is such an integral component of national wellbeing.
Although some might see health care as just another service like haircuts or oil changes, others consider it a fundamental right of every citizen and therefore their governments have an ethical responsibility to provide access to quality health care through universal coverage. The most prevalent opinion holds that universal coverage ensures everyone can access quality health care.
Health-care reform offers many advantages to patients. By making it simpler for patients to connect with physicians and other health professionals, reform can enhance patient satisfaction and adherence. When patients follow doctor orders without fail, complications like serious infections, high blood pressure or diabetes are less likely to arise as a result.
Individuals with health insurance tend to engage more actively with the health care system and seek preventive services, according to CDC research. People who are insured are twice as likely as noninsured to visit a primary care physician for routine exams and screenings as well as use prescription drugs, respectively.
Health insurance also helps ease the financial strain caused by illness or injury, including hospital stays that cost more than $30,000 without health coverage. Without it, families may delay seeking necessary treatment due to costs concerns; those without it tend to delay or skip care altogether as a result of cost concerns.
Uninsured patients can also be subjected to stigmas and discrimination that undermines their emotional well-being, leading to feelings of shame or hopelessness that influence health-care utilization. Health-care reform must strive to eliminate such stigmas while informing the public on why health insurance coverage is vitally important.
Education of the public about how health-care reform will benefit them is critical to increasing access to quality care for more Americans. This can be achieved through public awareness campaigns that emphasize prevention and frequent visits to doctors; furthermore, access must also be improved by increasing affordability and accessibility of health services including mental health services.
Health reform must also promote a patient-centric approach that offers continuity of care tailored to meet an individual’s individual needs and preferences. This may include encouraging healthy lifestyle choices, offering support groups or teaching people how to manage chronic conditions like diabetes.