Healthcare is a Right, Not a Privilege

Free universal healthcare can change lives

Everyone should be given the right to free and universal healthcare. The United States is one of the largest countries in the world, populating nearly 330 million people. We also have a large population of people who require medical attention.

This is an important topic that we should be discussing. Many Americans have gone through bankruptcies because of the costs of medical bills. Healthcare is a fundamental human right that is entirely possible to have in the United States.

Free healthcare can save families from potentially facing bankruptcy. People shouldn’t have to feel like they have to prioritize the medical bills they may receive over their own health “One study has claimed that 62.1% of bankruptcies were caused by medical issues,” said Elizabeth Warren in a study with Harvard.

No one should have to suffer because they are too poor to afford the medical attention they require.

In the Constitution of the World Health Organization, it is mentioned that “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”.

I believe in this because a human shouldn’t be denied great health opportunities based on anything at all. We need our bodies for our entire life span, so getting the critical attention we need is a must for everyone.

I think the most efficient way to make healthcare universal is, to begin with, children. In Denmark, for example, there are dental clinics in the basement of schools, making children from all economic statuses able to receive the care they need. If the U.S were to incorporate a similar idea in their schools there will definitely be changes.

If some of the poorest countries in the world have universal healthcare, I think America has more than enough financial resources to have free healthcare nationwide. We should stand together as one because we are all the same, human.