Free and paid medical assistance in the United States

Medicine of the futureThey say the United States is a county of endless opportunities where every immigrant can have what they came looking for and every natural-born citizen is entitled to a range of privileges and bonuses that other countries are unable to offer. When it comes to medical assistance, there is an incredible amount of controversy involved, although there are still those claiming the system is the best and most efficient in the world. American medical assistance is provided through medical insurance policies to most of the population. Free medical assistance is available in some clinics that open in operating hospitals, plus there are free procedures and surgeries that some hospitals perform pro bono – without any payment required, but the patient must prove there is no possibility of paying the money it can take.

Those covered through their jobs, family members of individually can see a doctor a few times a year and, provided that they pay the fixed monthly amounts (premiums), can count on quality medical care if something happens to them. Medical assistance available under health insurance of this kind includes hospital stays, emergency assistance, childbirth (for women) and many other aspects.

People that do not have health insurance and are not eligible for state health plans have only one choice left: to resort to free medical assistance, which is scarce and whose quality leaves much to be desired. For the most part, free clinics run by hospitals are places where one can get emergency medical assistance or see a doctor about a minor health problem like flue or stomach troubles. If a surgery is required, it can be free only if the hospital agrees to perform it pro bono, without the patient having to pay any bills. Obviously, that leaves patients looking for free medical assistance with very little choice and even less hope.

Many people stay in jobs they come to hate over the years or for which they are overqualified, just to make sure they do not lose paid insurance. They realize that having no insurance at all and having to get free medical assistance can cost them their health and ultimately life, because people with no insurance are more likely to see treatment only after their problem becomes severe and ironically impossible to solve in a free clinic.

There is a growing awareness of the fact paid health care system in the United States is broken and a new approach to the matter is required. According to independent polls, three quarters of Americans are for something they do not have at the moment – universal health care that would give everyone equal access to medical services without going bankrupt because of medical bills and hospital stays.


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