Along the years of the advancements in different areas of man’s life, one thing had also remained constant in the change that occur and that is the health concerns and issues of the people. It was a known fact that most people have a certain attachment for their life here on Earth. People are clinging to the fact that in order to prolong their lives to pursue their own personal goals they would have to take care of their health. It would seem that the body and mortality is the one limitation that man has.
It was defined that health is “a state of physical, mental and social well-being…(Beaufort B. Longest, 2005). ” Given this view, it would seem that the health is indeed a major concern of the people. It is a well known fact then that the United States government had been shelling out some funds for the health expenditures over the past years. It was said that the expenditure for health care is already rising faster than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country (“Health Care Expenditures in the USA,” 2004).
As this is the case, a question had risen in a form of whether or not the funds given is a wise decision on the government’s part especially when some of the people have a satirical humor on how they would live their lives given their intention on wanting a prolonged life. Despite this fact, it was known that the rise of the expenditures were due to the rising cost of the technological aspect of the medical world. The expensive technologies would not always be a down-trodden aspect of the expenditures since most of these advancements could provide benefits for the people of the country (Jones, 2005).
The main problem about medical research is that it costs a lot of money. So to speak, numerous foundations are established in order to address the needs that the government could not provide. The advancement is quite necessary especially when more complex life-threatening illnesses continue to occur. Another reason that Health Expenditure had grown is due to the preference of the people (Jones, 2005). The biggest factor here then is the value that the people have put on their health and the continuance of studying for the looming illness that are yet to be studied.
It would have been much easier if people are not that keen in contradicting what they want in life but as the case, they had tried to set a value on health spending and at the same time a value on the material goods that could be bought in this world. One this is certain though, people would continue to put a value on health spending and their expectations are likely to grow as time advances on. What the government seeks now is to fulfill the concerns of the citizens. In my opinion, the government was set to watch over the welfare of the state and at the same time regulate the public safety of the people.
It is my belief then that the action on health expenditure is a way for the government to be able to protect its state. Although it was said that the life expectancy rate of the people are still low in the United States, it will then boil down to the other factors that could affect the people in the country. The discrepancy among the low life expectancy and the high health expenditure in other countries had proved to be due to the other factors that are present in the country. It would seem that despite the advancements of the United States, there could be certain inequalities in the country.
This disparity among the people then could be a major reason that people could not improve their health status despite the technological and medicinal advancement that the country could provide (“Health Care Spending,”). It would seem that the lifestyles of the people are not the major reason for the low expectancy but the economic disparity among the people. The lifestyles should not be put into question but whether or not this time the government could address the disparity in order to increase the mortality rate in the country.
It could all then be inferred that the government is still spending more for health care because of the cost of the technologies and also because of the value that the citizens had put health issues. Yet from all these reasons a raised question has risen in the end and that is whether or not the government could really address health issues without looking at other economic and social factors as well. References Beaufort B. Longest, J. (2005). Health Policy Making in the United States.
United States of America: Health Administration Press. Health Care Expenditures in the USA (Publication (2004). Retrieved August 24, 2007: http://www. medicalnewstoday. com/articles/6225. php Health Care Spending (Publication. Retrieved August 24, 2007: http://ucatlas. ucsc. edu/spend. php Jones, C. I. (2005). More Life vs. More Goods: Explaining Rising Health Expenditures (Publication. Retrieved August 24, 2007: http://www. frbsf. org/publications/economics/letter/2005/el2005-10. html