RESPONDING TO POSTS 1
Responding to Posts
I agree with the post that the cost of healthcare in the UnitedStates is one of the highest in the world. Nonetheless, the countryis not among the list of states with high levels of health. The $3trillion annual budget has enabled the institutions to acquirehigh-end technology. Ironically, the world health organization ranksthe United States at number 37 in terms of quality and accessiblehealth care. The question remains, what cause the disparity in healthaccess and quality in the United States despite the massiveinvestment?
According to Hartog et al. (2015), focusing on quality palliativecare can significantly reduce the burden of health. The rationale forthis is that more than 25% of the health expenditures go to intensivecare unit. In addition, later life conditions consume more than 25%of the health budget. Therefore, it is correct to infer thatinvesting on distinctive palliative services can curb extra costs.
I partially disagree with the idea that it would rather beappropriate to remain neutral on the issue of investing heavily inhealth. While it is true that health can be exorbitant, people’swell-being is an imperative input to development. The questionremains, should people be denied health due to high costs?
According to Webber (2002), health stimulates growth. Also, investingin expensive health research and practices paves the way for refiningpractices that are cost effective. Therefore, withholding resourcesin the notion of being shy of capital-intensive health practicesimpede the growth in the health sector. Moreover, it is not ethicalto deny patients expensive services. The share of the budget setaside for health purposes is usually misappropriated. If efficientlyexploited, it can cater for some, if not all, of the expensivemedical procedures.
Hartog, C. S., Schwarzkopf, D., Riedemann, N. C.,Pfeifer, R., Guenther, A., Egerland, K., & Reinhart, K. (2015).End-of-life care in the intensive care unit: A patient-basedquestionnaire of intensive care unit staff perception and relatives’psychological response. Palliativemedicine, 0269216314560007.
Webber, D. J. (2002). Policies to stimulategrowth: should we invest in health or education? AppliedEconomics, 34(13),1633-1643.