People or Profits?

In Almeda County, a private hospital turned away a woman in labor because the
hospital\'s computer showed that she didn\'t have insurance. Hours later, her baby
was born dead in a county hospital. In San Bernardino, a hospital surgeon sent a
patient who had been stabbed in the heart to a county medical center after
examining him and declaring his condition stable. The patient arrived at the
county medical center dying, he suffered a cardiac arrest, and died. These two
hospitals shifted these patients to county facilities not for medical reasons,
but for economic ones -- the receiving hospitals feared they wouldn\'t be paid
for treating the patient. What\'s right? People or profit? Should there be
death or tragedy at the result of poverty and high health care costs, or should
a business such as a hospital lose millions everyday to give health care to
those who can\'t afford it? An average person like me would feel for the person
who could not afford sufficient health insurance, and as in the case above, the
baby inside that mother\'s womb didn\'t choose its financial situation, or its
parents. That baby didn\'t ask to be born, and it wasn\'t given a chance to live.
It wasn\'t necessarily the doctors fault, and it wasn\'t even his or her decision,
because of business. Business has moved to the heart of health care, a place
once relatively cushioned from the pursuit of profit that drives the rest of the
U.S. economy. Throughout the history of the United States, medical institutions
have largely been non-profit establishments existing primarily to serve the
community. But during the past 20 years, the number of for-profit health care
facilities has grown at an exceeding rate.

I think that a society as wealthy as ours has a moral obligation to meet the
basic needs of all of its members. I believe that every American, rich or poor,
should have access to the health care he or she needs, but the rising costs of
care and a growing unwillingness of insurance companies to cover these costs,
along with government spending in other areas, have almost totally restricted
access to health care for the poor, the aged, and those with tragic health
problems. I pointed out earlier that an unborn child shouldn\'t be turned down
for health care, but neither should a man with a knife through his heart. It is
getting harder and harder for the aged and those with tragic health problems
that can afford health insurance, to even get insured. Take an AIDS patient for
example, as of right now, there is no cure and he is going to die. But how can
he pay for the drugs and treatment to prolong his life without sufficient health
care that will cover him when he\'s healthy, and also when he\'s dying. There are
millions of cases, the boy who needs a new heart, the elderly man with a broken
hip, or how about a girl playing hopscotch that was a victim of a drive by
shooting. I believe the U.S. has got to find a system where people will have a
chance and a choice to get the health care they deserve. Most people don\'t
deserve to die, and most doctors don\'t deserve to make such a high profit from
their services. If the services of doctors of any type become scarce, we as a
society will be forced to pay higher prices for them, but these services are not
scarce, the money people have to pay for them is. The commercialization of
medicine will lead to the abandonment of certain virtues and ideals that are
necessary to a moral community. We have to have a sense of caring, compassion,
and charity toward those that have had less of a chance to succeed. If you put
yourself in the shoes of the people in the cases I\'ve mentioned, you\'d want to
jump out of them as soon as you could. I believe that this case comes right
down to human life and greed. I believe our society has marked the poor class
as unneeded and worthless. Why spend money on someone if they don\'t help you
out in some way? The people who think this way obviously don\'t think of these
people as being human beings, having feelings, wants, and in this case needs.
When people need medical treatment to save their life, who they are, should not
be important. I think that some doctors see so much of life and death from a
physical standpoint, that the emotions of