Health and Media
The top three most important issues in health and medicine in the United States today are cost, access, and resistance from various groups or movements. Regarding cost, despite having the best possible health care worldwide, health care and medicine in the US today can only be afforded by the wealthy. The main reason for the enactment of the Affordable Care Act was mainly to make health care and medicine accessible to both the poor and wealthy. However, the opposition of this law by Republicans has worsened the situation for the poor population (Swartz, 2009), which means that high cost of health and medicine remains a challenge for them.
Despite the increase in US population and longer life spans in recent years, the US health care system has done little to increase capacity for health care and medicine. As such, access to health and medicine remains one of the most important issues in the US. Little has been done to expand existing health care institutions and to increase capacity for care outside hospitals such as initiating home-based health care programs (Jonas, Goldsteen, & Goldsteen, 2007). With home-based health care, medical and nursing professionals would attend to people with the lack of access to health and medicine.
The eradication of infectious diseases such as measles, rubella, mumps, and others, is on course in the United States. One of the interventions that have influenced the eradication of such diseases is the use of vaccination. Unfortunately, the rise of scientifically ungrounded anti-vaccine movements is jeopardizing the gains made in the US health care sector (Jonas, Goldsteen, & Goldsteen, 2007). In fact, the resistance against the use of vaccination is a big threat to the health and lives of members of the American community, making it one of the most important issues in health and medicine today.
Jonas, S., Goldsteen, R. L., & Goldsteen, K. (2007). An introduction to the U.S. health care system. New York: Springer.
Swartz, K. (2009). Health care for the poor: For whom, what care, and whose responsibility?. Changing poverty, changing policies, 26(2), 69-74.