Health Care System Evolution Paper

Health care systems in the United States are designed to meet the health care needs of certain populations.  Within these populations there are a few that still need more help than they are offered.  Health care can influence Medicaid/Medicare but it can also not be of any help.

There are a variety of health care systems around the world.  HMO’s and Medicare/Medicaid are just a few.  The main two that concerns me is Medicare/Medicaid.

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Medicaid is the United States health program that helps eligible low income families and individuals with their healthcare needs.  The program is funded by the state and the federal government but primarily managed by the states.

Among the groups of people served by Medicaid are certain eligible U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including low-income adults and their children, and people with certain disabilities. Believe it or not, the vast majority of people who don’t even have the necessities in life like water, clothes, or shelter can’t have the assurance that they will be provided with Medicaid.

That alone is ridiculous because you would believe that someone living in those conditions would be able to get the help that is needed to stay alive and healthy. It is estimated that approximately 60 percent of poor Americans are not covered by Medicaid. Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people with limited income in the United States.

Because of the aging Baby Boomer population, the fastest growing aspect of Medicaid is nursing home coverage.  They speak of Baby Boomers, but what about the current population.  I see a great deal of people around the area that can’t afford to go to the dentist or get any other health problems taken care of.

It’s just not right, some people are not as fortunate as others to even afford insurance even if they have Medicaid coverage. I can honestly say that Medicaid is good for those under 21, unless they have a serious illness or problem.  I am 27 year old and I have Medicaid but my coverage is limited.  I can only go to the dentist if I need to have an extraction, I can’t even go to my family doctor because they don’t accept Medicaid for my age.

When is Medicare going to be available regardless of income when someone is unemployed?   Economic stimulus legislation moving through Congress wants to allow states to open Medicaid to people who are unemployed (regardless of income), people with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level, and all recipients of food stamps.

Critics claim that this sets a bad precedent for expanding this public program beyond the poor, while others claim that Medicaid is the best way to temporarily help people affected by the shaky economy, and that those with money will pursue other options.  Under the bill, states could cover unemployed people under Medicaid, with the federal government picking up the tab, for those who lost their jobs between Sept. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2010.