Healthcare in the US The Three Major Challenges

Healthcarein the US: The Three Major Challenges

Healthcarein the US: The Three Major Challenges

AmitabhChandra, an economist and a professor at Harvard Kennedy School urgesthat the American do not get health care services, as they ought to.He says that twenty percent of Americans pay cheque goes to healthsectors, on the contrary to other countries where only ten percentgoes to health sector. Quite the opposite, other countries receivebetter health services than them. Chandra goes ahead and discussesthree major challenges facing US, as well as gives some remedies. Hegives the following problems: to insure the uninsured, to aligningquality and cost and to managing new technologies.

ToInsure the Uninsured

Accordingto Chandra (n.d), insuring the uninsured is incredible due to tworeasons. Uninsured people are subject to high cost when faced withmedical crisis. Hence, most American opts to pay insurance to avoidthese costs. Secondly, insuring the uninsured is a method ofinvesting in prevention. It is a lot easier to treat an aged personwho is under a medical cover than one without.

AligningQuality and Cost

Americansare faced with challenges of balancing the quality of services thatthey give to its cost (Seabury,Chandra,and Lakdawalla,2013).To get lid of this problem, Chandra urges that Americans should lidof the ways they embrace doctors in the hospitals. For instance, theyshould perceive doctors on the good work they do to keep patientalive, healthy, and happy rather than what they pay them.

ManagingNew Technologies

Chandraurges that the health centres are ready to accept the moderntechnology machine without considering their negative consequences.He gives an example of proton machine that treat cancer. Althoughthis machine is used for diagnosis, it also produces radiation thatis harmful and may cause more harm to the patient.

Iagree with these challenges that Chandra give and their remedies.Nowadays, it is advisable for every person irrespective of age tohave an insurance cover. This will reduce the cost to seekingmediation in case of sickness. In addition, the government should becautious on the kind of machine they purchase, as well as weigh theiradvantages and disadvantages before they introduce them to healthcentres. Further, patients and the public should look healthpractitioners with a positive view.


Chandra,A. (n.d.). Amitabh Chandra: Do Doctors See Your Body as A Collectionof. Retrieved February 12, 2015, from

Seabury,S. A., Chandra, A., Lakdawalla, D. N., &amp Jena, A. B. (2013). Onaverage, physicians spend nearly 11 percent of their 40-year careerswith an open, unresolved malpractice claim.&nbspHealthAffairs,&nbsp32(1),111-119.

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