In the United States of America our citizens do not have the right to health care it is considered a privilege. We have to pay around $200 a month for healthcare deterring many people away from the idea of buying insurance. This leaves many people vulnerable to not receiving medical care when it is needed and if they do receive it they are left with medical bills with very high prices to go along with it. An argument against making healthcare a right is that if we make healthcare free we will increase our nation’s debt immensely. According to Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?, Canada, a country that provides a universal right to health care, spends half as much per capita on health care as the United States. Bernie Sanders also said “At the individual level, the average American spends about $7,900 per year on health care. Despite that huge outlay, a recent study found that medical problems contributed to 62 percent of all bankruptcies in 2007.”
Making healthcare a right and not a privilege allows people to receive medical attention when it is needed. According to Health Care Is a Right, Not a Privilege, written by Bernie Sanders, states at a time when 60 million people, including many with insurance, do not have access to a medical home, more than 18,000 Americans die every year from preventable illnesses because they do not get to the doctor when they should. This is unacceptable, we should be able to treat everyone that is in need of medical care.