Why America Needs a National Health Service

Now more than ever

Tom Ford
The Bigger Picture

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The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be a profound challenge for billions of individuals.

But, it is also challenging the basic assumptions underpinning our societies.

One of these assumptions is the American societal refusal to treat healthcare as a universal right.

The U.S. Health System Today

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. health system is struggling to cope. The complex network of public health agencies, medical care systems, insurers and state-specific aid has made it difficult for a necessary and coordinated response to be made. As Tim Putnam, chief executive of Margaret Mary Health in Indiana, told the FT:

“People talk about the United States healthcare system like there is one. There really isn’t.”

The majority of U.S. healthcare is funded privately, and a market-competition mentality has affected the response to coronavirus; hospitals, cities, and state governments have waged bidding wars for essential equipment. Many hospitals have had to resort to donations for masks.

Hospitals face critical cash shortages, even after a $175-billion bailout. Thousands of…

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Tom Ford
The Bigger Picture

Finance, Tech and Productivity. Studied Economics & Management at Oxford University. Run a UK Student Loan Repayment App business: www.studentcalc.co.uk