Medical Marvels: How Universal Healthcare Can Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Costs

Now is the time for universal healthcare.

In a recent speech at the University of New England, Senator Bernie Sanders emphasized the need for the United States to address its expensive yet inadequate healthcare system. He highlighted the social and economic costs of not providing care and stressed our responsibility to ensure that all individuals have access to basic healthcare.

Access to quality prenatal and postnatal care is crucial for children’s health. Studies have shown that such care can reduce child abuse, increase vaccination rates, and ensure that children reach their developmental milestones. Mental health and substance abuse treatment are also essential for parental wellbeing, as a lack of access can lead to negative consequences such as substance abuse or chronic homelessness.

Susan Henderson, a registered nurse from South Portland, echoed these sentiments during her speech on universal access to primary care. By preventing conditions like prediabetes from progressing to diabetes or managing kidney disease in its early stages, primary care can lower long-term costs significantly. Early treatment and preventative care are much more cost-effective than dealing with full-blown medical crises.

Research conducted at Yale suggests that a universal health care plan like Senator Sanders’ Medicare for All could reduce national health care expenditures by 13.1%, or $458 billion annually compared to the current system. These savings do not even account for the social costs of not providing care as outlined in the speech. Universal health care is a feasible option that should be implemented now for optimal outcomes and cost savings.

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