Evidence-based Design Policy
The selected policy is the Medicare for All Act of 2021. The objective of the policy is a transformative policy that guarantees healthcare for everyone in America as a human right. The act is a game-changer since it demonstrates the value of healthcare to human life (Ghaddar, 2021). For instance, having good health is equated to a productive life. The policy mandates that everyone in America should receive healthcare services, without discrimination based on age, ethnic background, or sexual orientation (Ghaddar, 2021). Provision of healthcare services reduces incidences of diseases that trigger high cost of care and preventable deaths. Statistics indicate that preventable deaths range between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths annually (Schulman & Milstein, 2019). Smoking and high blood pressure are some of the leading causes of preventable deaths. Provision of care for people with smoking addiction and high blood pressure can save millions of lives.
The law is based on evidence-based information since it demonstrates the value of life in the economic performance of the country. A survey conducted by West Health and Gallup demonstrates that a fifth of Americans has no access to healthcare services (Schulman & Milstein, 2019). The data shows a staggering 46 million Americans have challenges accessing healthcare services. The millions of people without proper access to care cannot be productive in their workplaces (Schulman & Milstein, 2019). In some cases, they opt for sick leaves which undermine the productivity of companies and the entire country. Poor healthcare service is a detriment to the economic performance of the country. Preventable diseases undermine the economy of the country. Statistics indicate that diseases cause $147 billion in lost job productivity in the job market (Atkins, 2019). The economic impact shows the country needs a healthcare policy that will give access to healthcare services to everyone to enhance productivity.
Access to healthcare services for all without discrimination and financial barriers addresses the challenges prevalent among minority groups. The low-income communities have a challenge in accessing healthcare services due to a lack of insurance or funds to pay from their pocket (Atkins, 2019). Ensuring that healthcare access is a basic right is a way of uplifting the minorities. Some of the diseases affecting low-income communities are mental health issues. Depression is one of the leading conditions that require appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Mental health issues require a proactive approach since they are the major conditions affecting people involved in mass shootings (Ghaddar, 2021). The recent incidents of mass shootings reveal that the suspects had a history of mental health deprivation. Access to mental healthcare services is vital for preventing such incidents in the country.
The World Health Organization indicates that access to health is a basic human right. WHO indicates 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” (Ghaddar, 2021). Access to healthcare services should be a way of discriminating the low-income communities. With the rising cost of care, the marginalized communities will continue to suffer from preventable diseases and deaths. The Medicare for All Act of 2021 is an evidence-based law that mandates healthcare workers and institutions to ensure access to health for all persons (Atkins, 2019). The government needs to increase coverage and funding for the healthcare facilities and increase the staff in various hospitals to facilitate the delivery of care for all people.
Atkins, C. D. (2019). Getting to the End Zone With Medicare for All. The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 42(3), 178-183.
Ghaddar, S. (2021). Medicare for All: A Health Insurance Literacy Perspective. HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice, 5(4), e272-e275.
Schulman, K. A., & Milstein, A. (2019). The implications of “Medicare for All” for US hospitals. JAMA, 321(17), 1661-1662.