Medical Ethics PHIL 148 @ Binghamton University, Sum 11


News Article Summary- Health Care & Justice

One article talks about a 59-year-old man who has been working as a delivery man for CoCa Cola for 17 years.  Unfortunately, an economic downturn caused him to lose his job along with all health insurance and benefits.  With carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis afflicting him, he decides to rob a bank in order to go to prison and receive medical attention.  First of all, it is ridiculous to think that a man would rather give up his rights as a citizen of this country and perform such an act in order to obtain health care in prison.  It just shows how a good chunk of citizens are not being tended to properly in this country.  Some solutions to this problem would be different types of health care systems that are utilized in different countries in the world.  One suggestion is to follow Britain’s lead in giving all people some sort of basic health care, and from then on, people would pay as they go.  If they want additional services, they would have to pay for them; however, people will never be satisfied with just getting a minimum.  Any minimum still might not be considered to be good enough by the people.  Another alternative would be the health care system that is practiced in Canada in which a doctor is pre paid with a one time fee to cover patient’s care for a specified time.  Only problem with this is that the patient would be stuck with the doctor, and the doctor might not provide the best care since the patient is already locked in.  A bigger conflict that is addressed with this article is whether prisoners should receive health care or not.  Should they receive some sort of basic care?  Any sort of care is a burden on tax payers, essentially law-abiding citizens.  This article definitely brought some problems in providing health care that the country needs to address.


The second article talks about the different sort of health care systems that have been established in other countries.  A majority of people believe that the bundling system is the best one.  Since it makes all of the medical staff work together and efficiently, patients receive the best care that can be provided in the fast time possible.  It gets rid of unnecessary visits that just places more money in the doctors pockets for no reason.  Efficiency coupled with quality care push the bundling system to the most preferred by the class.  The readjust risks program which covers about 80 diseases restricts the care too much and allows for too many issues to arise.  If a disease is not on the list of “80,” problems can arise as to whether or not care should be continued.  The quality of care system places too many resources into the tracking of treatment and results.  That money could be better spent.  A final thought to think about is that no matter which health care is decided on, will everyone be completely satisfied?  Unfortunately, the answer is no.


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