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Health Care Delivery System - Adequate?

A mother brings her daughter into the emergency room during an asthma attack. Though both of her parents work, they cannot afford medical insurance for themselves or her. They also earn too much money to qualify for state or federal aid. She is treated with medication for her asthma attack at the hospital and she and her mother leave. Two weeks later, they return to the hospital in a virtually identical scenario.

- Do you think that this girl is receiving adequate care?
- Should she be able to see a primary-care physician before her condition gets so acute that she must visit the ER?
- Should everyone be entitled to a basic minimum of health care or to the exact same health care?
- Do you think that health care is a right? If so, is everyone forced to honor this right?
---> Is this right relative or universal?
---> Does this right exist because of the wealth of the United States, or is it applicable everywhere?
---> Is health care a luxury?
---> Does having money entitle a person to better health care?

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- Do you think that this girl is receiving adequate care?
The girl is not receiving adequate care. If she had received adequate care then she would have received treatment that would have prevented asthma attacks. Even the ongoing and bothersome symptoms could have been avoided. What the girl could have done is to avoid severe attacks that have required her to visit the emergency room. Her parents cannot afford insurance for the girl so she is not receiving adequate care.

- Should she be able to see a primary-care physician before her condition gets so acute that she must visit the ER?
She should be able to see a primary-care physician before her condition gets so acute that she must visit the emergency room. The primary care provider will help her identify her asthma triggers, train her how to avoid them, and give treatment recommendations. The primary-care provider will give her drugs and tell what each drug does and how to use them. If she were able to see a primary-care physician then she will be able to report any changes or exacerbating of symptoms. If she has been taking any medications then she should be able to report any side-effects to the physician. if she has access to a primary-care physician ...

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