Lower Class Medical Care: Meeting the Unmet Needs of the Disadvantaged
Dreyer, Jennifer J.
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Improving the health care and health care programs provided to lower class Americans will assist in benefiting the entire economy. Former presidential candidate, Ross Perot, in his book, "Intensive Care" wrote, "The health of every person, family and nation depends on the health of one another. America cannot prosper if her people are ill. Likewise, the American people cannot prosper if their nation is suffering." Here, Perot places an emphasis on medical care and attributes it to affecting the nation and its prosperity. Thus, the importance of medical care is easily recognizable and the nation should be concerned. Poor Americans should be our first priority as they are at the root of the problem. Lower class people have certain medical needs that are not being met. This report attempts to pinpoint these unmet medical needs. More important than just finding these necessities, this paper will evaluate the programs of today that have attempted to meet and care for those that have this lack of medical care. The needs of the poor have been the origin of several federal, state and community programs. Medicaid, the largest of these programs, was developed for the disadvantaged. By researching Medicaid I have found its basis of eligibility, the scope of medical services, the duration of these services, and its cost. In accordance with Medicaid, MIChild and several clinics have been developed and have similar goals of providing medical aid to those in need. I have explored these programs, noting their differential characteristics and contributions to lower class medical care. In addition to researching programs for the poor, I have talked with health care providers and discussed what steps they have and will take to improve and meet the needs of the disadvantaged. Also, I have taken into account the role the lower class plays in their practice and/or hospital. Health providers and several informative books have noted some of the problems of Medicaid and other health care programs. From research, it has been noted that two major problems exist in meeting the needs of the disadvantaged. I would like to present the upcoming plans of our nation for bettering the medical care of the lower class and the steps I feel must be taken to make those a reality in the future. This is, in fact, the goal of this venture.