Healthcare is among the top economic and social problems that is facing Americans. The amplifying cost of health insurance and medical care has impacted adversely on many Americans today. The USA is becoming one of worst nation as far as health care systems are concerned despite the fact that it is an industrialized nation (Barbara, 2000, pp. 483-485).
Approximately 47 million Americans do not have the health insurance and the worst thing is that this number is continuing to increase (America’s Union movement, 2010). Of the 47 million people who have no health insurance, around 8.7 million of them are children.
The lack of quality care in USA stems from the health system’s lack of a comprehensive assurance programs and quality measure (America’s Union movement, 2010). It is therefore imperative to give a detailed analysis on some health issues by answering some crucial questions.
Q1. It is evident that despite other issues that are beyond our control, health can be affected by behaviors, economics and the social structure.
How health is affected by behavior
What usually comes into your mind when you decide to take risks when your health is at stake? For example abusing illegal drugs and alcohol or even driving recklessly?
These are some of the behaviors that are dangerous and have adverse effect on our health. Other behaviors like use of tobacco, taking of unbalanced nutrition and even lack of physical activity are some of the major risk factors that do cause ailments and death (Berrigan, Dodd, Troiano, Krebs & Barbash. 2003. pp. 615-23).
These behaviors result to cancer, heart diseases, stroke, obesity and others. Though some of these diseases are hereditary, it is evident that your behavior is just as imperative as your health. Parents or adults who practice unhealthy risk behaviors do transmit these behaviors to their adolescent children (Wickrama, Conger, Wallace & Elder. 1999. pp. 258-72).
Health and economics
Despite people’s economic status, the Americans will continue getting sick and at some point in their lives they will obviously need healthcare. However, the major question remains, with the high recession and the people tightening their budgets, will people afford healthcare since it has become so expensive?
It is likely that during the hard times, some people will ignore their health needs and concentrate on paying their mortgage. What this means is that the patients who are seeking medical care will decrease and they will continue to be sicker (Thomas & Gilbert, 1985, pp. 61-69).
For those Americans who have health insurance, the recession of economy years will bring in higher co-pays, high expenses and high deductibles. These will obviously alter the patterns in which the Americans do seek healthcare and have an adverse affect the healthcare providers.
Health and Social structure
Social structure in divergent backgrounds plays a major role as far as families are concerned. The social class and economic status has a major effect on health. People who come form a higher class and a stable economic cluster might not be adversely affected (Johannes, 1995, pp. 215-218). Also the social norms that are prevalent in various societies might impact to one seeking healthcare or deciding not to.
The current outlook for the Americans healthcare as well as the recent world economic challenges remain the major driving force as far as the medical electronics are concerned.
The factors will hence drive development and design for the medical technology into three stages which are first the product growth that trend from the latest focus on the specialized devices to the second stage which is the next generation low risk innovation and then finally to the high advanced and interactive instruments and devices (Arthur, 2010).