Problems Within the U.S. Healthcare System

By Riley Hilbert, Leilani Quintero, and Nina Galindo-Calvete
DEC. 8, 2020

There are many challenges with the U.S. healthcare system that profoundly impact the right of people to quality healthcare. In this system, one of the biggest concerns is that it is not accessible for many individuals. There are ways of possibly reforming this system, if the government makes healthcare more of a priority. Some of the challenges it faces could possibly be impacted by Joe Biden, since he won the 2020 Presidential election. People are having difficulty paying their medical bills during the COVID-19 pandemic, causing further issues pertaining to the U.S. healthcare system.

Affordable healthcare is a growing problem for low-income individuals in the US, causing many to lose their lives. According to a new poll from Gallup and West Health, “more than 13% of Americans — about 34 million people — say a friend or family member recently passed away in the last five years after being unable to afford treatment for a condition.” In the US, prescription drug costs and required treatment continue to escalate a significant amount, making more consumers unable to afford it. Healthcare costs significantly more in the US than in other nations, as the US spends about twice as much.

Within the U.S. healthcare system, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many difficulties, especially as the United States has the largest number of cases. More than 27 million people were not insured before the pandemic, and that amount increased due to people losing their jobs. One reason that U.S. healthcare costs more money is because the government spends more money on frivolous expenses. The pandemic has caused the U.S. to spend more money on hospitals, forcing them to pay the workers less. Also, when unemployed patients are unable to meet their bills, the government will have to cover their costs, and the states are likely to cut insurance payment rates as tax revenues fall.

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law which gave 20 million Americans healthcare coverage. In his presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised that he will give every American access to affordable healthcare. One action that should be taken is to expand coverage for Americans with low incomes, which Biden says he will do as well. The reformation of this system could be accomplished when he is sworn into the office of President. .

There may be ways to effectively reform the system, but the current administration has not made healthcare reform a priority on the agenda. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are having trouble paying their medical bills, causing further problems. As the U.S. spends about twice as much, healthcare costs more in the U.S. than in other nations. Joe Biden will probably prioritize healthcare reform and  will give access to affordable healthcare to every person. The U.S. healthcare system will hopefully be improved soon and continue to help others.