The Affordable Care Act is, for many doctors and patients a step in the right direction. As the only industrialized or “first world” country in the world without affordable (free) healthcare for all of its citizens, the United States has a long way to go in terms of competing with the rest of the world. And although we are taking steps in taking care of our citizens, rich and poor, there is still much work to be done.
As a doctor, it has come to my attention that most of my patients, even ones with healthcare, are paying way too much in fees to justify going to the doctor. What this means is that many of my patients have serious conditions that could have been avoided had they only come in sooner. This is quite discomforting to me, as I deal with this every day of every week.
Flipping the script
What we need to do is realize that every person, rich or poor should have the same free access to medicine. Now as a doctor, you may think that it is strange to think that, as the workload of doctors would increase dramatically in that event. And while this is a legitimate concern, there is always the option to train more doctors and give them incentive to work toward the betterment of the world.
Nobody said that bringing everyone affordable healthcare would be easy, or cheap, but isn’t it time we caught up with the rest of the world?