Introduction: Universal Health Care as the Global, All-Embracing Concept
Healthcare is one of the services that are vital for any member of the global population. However, at present, not all members of the U.S. society, let alone the global one, are capable of using the options provided by the corresponding facilities. Whether the reasons include the economic, the financial, the social, or the cultural ones, there is an urgent need to address the injustice and provide all people with a chance to receive appropriate healthcare. Founded on the idea of availability of health services to every single member of the global population, the concept of the Universal Care might need further changes to its design as it currently implies significant financial issue. Nevertheless, the subject matter needs to be promoted as its premises are noble, and its effects are likely to include a rapid drop in mortality and disease development on a global level.
Advantages of the Universal Health Care: New Access Options
Although being somewhat idealistic, the concept of creating the environment in which every single member of the population will be able to enjoy free health care services clearly is a giant step forward in improving the quality of medical services. Among all potential opportunities for improvement, the chances for tending to the needs of all members of the population, including members of different social, economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds seem to be the most promising ones. Seeing that a range of people, especially those that reside in underserviced areas, do not have access to the healthcare services of allowable error limit of quality, the concept of the global network that will reach out to every single member of the community seems outstandingly innovative and promising.
As a part of the extension of healthcare options, the financial aspect needs to be mentioned among the positive characteristics of the innovation. Based on the description and the idea that lies at the foundation of the Universal Health Care, people will be able to receive medical and nursing help for free (Tandon, Fleisher, Lee, & Yap, 2014). In light of the inflated prices that most healthcare facilities can be defined by, the promotion of the Universal Care concept seems to be a very sensible step to take.
Last but definitely not least, the fact that the Universal Health Care will serve as the foil for improving the models that are currently used in the facilities all over the world should be listed among the essential benefits. By sharing experiences in healthcare services delivery and exploring the advances in building models for a successful patient–therapist communication, one is likely to structure the framework that can be used as the framework for tending to the needs of a diverse population and managing a range of health problems that the patients have. In a similar manner, the existing insurance strategies can be updated based on the innovative solutions that foreign organizations have designed. Consequently, the concept of the Universal Health Care is likely to become the fundamental tool in managing the current social, economic, and financial issues related to healthcare.
Disadvantages of the Universal Health Care: Time and Costs
Unfortunately, though seemingly attractive, the concept of the Universal Health Care also has its problems. The first and the most obvious, the phenomenon implies that the salaries are paid to the members of the healthcare system by the government. As a result, the opportunities for an increase in competition are driven to zero. The lack of rivalry between the organizations, in its turn, is likely to trigger a gradual loss of enthusiasm for improving competencies and acquiring new skills among the healthcare system members. Therefore, the quality of the services provided to the target audiences is bound to drop (Fang, Meng, & Rizzo, 2014).
Another significant problem that the further enhancement of the Universal Care system is likely to trigger concerns the issue of time management. By opening ample opportunities for accessing health care system to every single member of the society, one is expected to cause its overuse. In the best-case scenario, the phenomenon will cause longer waiting time, and in the worst-case result, the change will cost people not only their time, but also their health and, maybe, even their life.
Finally, the financial issue needs to be brought up as a foundational argument against the promotion of the Universal Care as it is interpreted nowadays. Although the services will technically be free, the enhanced use of the resources will require larger amounts of money and, therefore, increases in tax rates. As a result, the incorporation of the Universal Health Care Model is expected to affect people’s quality of life, making them shrink their budgets (Lu, Zhao, & Yang, 2013).
Conclusion: A Few Issues That Need to Be Fixed
Despite the fact that some of its aspects still require further elaborating, the concept of the Universal Health Care is overall very impressive and worth pursuing as a global goal. Sharing experience in structuring a better approach to providing patients with medical services is, perhaps, the primary advantage of the innovation. By building a global chain of healthcare services and information management, the global society is likely to witness a rapid rise in the quality of care.
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