Access to Healthcare

Hubert Humphrey once stated “the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped” (Hubert H. Humphrey » Humphrey Fellowship Program | Boston University, n.d.). To agree with the statement by Hubert Humphrey you would first have to agree that the state of health and healthcare are a right to all despite social status, economic status, disability, or healthcare coverage. In an ideal society, all would be cared for equally regardless of these factors. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that all its citizens have the means to achieve a quality of life that they deem appropriate

The government has taken many steps to improve the healthcare and welfare needs within the country as well as other countries. Government programs such as Medicaid, WIC, and Famis have been set up for uninsured children of low income households. Programs such as Medicare and social security were established for the elderly and SSI for the disabled. The Affordable Healthcare Act was recently passed to expand access to coverage, control health care costs and improve health care quality and care coordination. In addition to improving access to health care, health insurance provides the security of knowing that when needed, health services will be paid for in large part (Mason, Leavitt, & Chaffee, 2014, p. 193-194)


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Mason, D. J., Leavitt, J. K., & Chaffee, M. W. (2014). Policy & politics in nursing and

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