While American citizens consider the access to quality health care as a basic right for every citizen, this is not the case as there are contentious economical, cultural, and political issues impeding this noble course. The main issue lies in fact that the purpose of existence of health care providers is to make profit from provision of health care service. The “get rich mentality” has affected medical profession’s mandate of providing health care for all, including the rich and the poor. Medical practitioners have demonstrated a growing preference of serving wealthy patients in order to maximize their earnings. The government, on its part, has tried to introduce universal health care such as Obama care with the intention of providing affordable health care to all citizens. However, physicians have perceived the health care industry as an opportunity to make profits despite government’s effort of enacting compelling legalization, Obamacare, which is aimed at polarizing the issue.
Physicians have now repackaged their services into “medicalization” of social problems. A plausible explanation for adopting this system is to avoid the public-government scrutiny; they only treat the problem but not the cause; thus, the client would seek for the medical service for a specific issue more than once (Lee, 2017). Patients trust that the medical practitioners can diagnose health problems and administer medical solutions because they possess the expertise and have the mandate to do so. However, they take the advantage of patience’s lack of know-how to provide medical services as solutions to non-medical problems. For example, malnutrition is a social problem that arises from lack of a balanced diet. However, physicians routinely provide medication to resolve the problem of malnutrition instead of offering nutritional advice to the patient (Lee, 2017). From their perspective, the main purpose of offering malnutrition-medication is to make money, rather than solve the patient’s health problems.
Physicians have also strongly resisted attempts by patients to use alternative medicine to address health problems. Although the alternative medicine has become popular in the U.S. in recent years, medical practitioners continue to resist its use in order to safeguard their personal interests (Weitz, 2017). When more people use alternative medicine, physicians will have fewer patients to treat, hence, reduced earnings. Therefore, it is clear that the main concern for physicians is to continue exploiting the patients, rather than offering genuine health care to citizens.
Another worrying evidence of conflict in the American health care is that physicians have established profit-making private hospitals to supplement their income. As physicians become more profit-oriented, their motivation to offer health care services in government hospitals diminishes (Weitz, 2017). They also charge exorbitant fees for offering medical services at their private clinics, yet they provide same health care service at lower prices in public hospitals. This action is in direct conflict with their moral duty of offering affordable and non-discriminatory health care services to all patients. Unfortunately, only the wealthy patients can afford medical services at the private clinics while the poor must seek medical attention elsewhere.
From a conflicting perspective, the U.S. health-care system is highly materialistic and capitalistic, and it seems that people have adopted the individualistic system of “each man to himself”. Physicians have become money-oriented instead of service-centered. To increase their earnings, physicians have “medicalized” social problems, some of which do not even necessitate for a medical intervention. In addition, doctors have established expensive private hospitals that offer high quality medical services to the rich while excluding the poor. The distribution of health care institutions is also not equitable; the wealthy members of the society can access better health care services than the poor.