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Ethics and Legal Issues in Health Care

Asthma Patient


Andrea Mitchell

This paper will explain my position on health care amongst asthmatic patients without health care. It will explain the issues of affordability within the spectrums of families with health care and those without.

A mother brings her daughter into the emergency room during an asthma attack. Though both of her parents work, they cannot afford medical insurance for themselves or her. They also earn too much money to qualify for state or federal aid. She is treated with medication for her asthma attack at the hospital and she and her mother leave. Two weeks later, they return to the hospital in a virtually identical scenario.

Health Care in this country is horrible. You can be one of the many that have good jobs but can't afford the coverage of the health care that the job offers. There are many small business owners that don't even provide health care coverage to their employees. This leaves the employees without insurance and without a means in trying to establish a way of getting it as well. There are several free clinics that offer services but these services only last for so long. What are we to do in these instances? Asthma is a very serious disease. It has to be looked at and treated or one can die from it. I can understand that both of the parents work, that doesn't mean that they can pay for health insurance. They could both have part time jobs that only support a one income family. Then what can they do? I think every citizen in this country should have the right to obtain affordable health care and they should be able to be seen by any doctor for any number of conditions.

However, I really don't think that the girl is treated with adequate care. The reason why is because she has to constantly return to the hospital for treatment instead of prescribing her medications that will carry her over until she can see a primary doctor. She should be able to see a primary physician to control her disease where she doesn't have to receive hospital treatment so often. There has to be a way that her parents can set up a type of plan that can be arranged by both parties. Everyone should be entitled to minimum coverage health care. I believe health care is universal and should be treated as such. There shouldn't be a gap on coverage or how it is covered. It is a right and not a luxury to have. I do agree that the more money one has the better health care coverage they carry. I know several people with excellent health care coverage and those who have none and they get minimum to no



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