LETTER: The right to healthcare

Every wealthy industrialized nation in the world has a form of universal healthcare with the exception of the United States. Nearly
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Every wealthy industrialized nation in the world has a form of universal healthcare with the exception of the United States. Nearly 30 percent of U.S. citizens have healthcare that is covered by the government. Most people receive healthcare through their employer. If they lose their job, they lose their healthcare. This is not the case in other wealthy industrialized nations such as Switzerland, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many more. It is not acceptable for the wealthiest nation in the world to allow citizens to go uncovered.

A common concern is the long waiting lists that often come with universal healthcare. Those concerned should consider that 43 percent of 65-year-old men receive a routine hip replacement within six months in Canada, while the figure is 92 percent for those in the United States. This statistic would only increase a person's concern and lead to the conclusion that universal healthcare works much slower than the current system, right? Not true, since most of these hip replacements were paid for through Medicare, a government funded form of healthcare. Furthermore, the cost of healthcare in the United States is higher than that of countries with universal care.

Until the wealthiest nation in the world can figure out how to provide sufficient healthcare, people will have to cherish occupations that may provide relatively low wages, but full coverage for immediate family. Unfortunately, healthcare reform may be a dream. The American Medical Association has major influence in Washington and any legislation for healthcare reform is likely to be severely damaged by the time it is passed through Congress. The government is already providing healthcare, just not on a large scale. Healthcare should be a right; just like the right to an impartial jury or the right to bear arms.

Dominic Wells

Sandusky