How to improve health care access in the United States

An ambulance sits outside a hospital. The hospital is made of glass and red brick. Emergency is spelled out in red lit up letters

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The United States should start by following the examples of other countries like Canada and Cuba, where health care is a right.

The Cuban government operates a national health care system, free to citizens. However, the embargo causes painful shortages of medicine and equipment. Doctors also deal with low salaries, causing many to flee the island for better opportunities.

Canada also provides free health care for its residents. But, its system is riddled with long wait times for appointments. Nonetheless, it remains a model for other countries. Many European countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand, offer health care for free or at a reduced cost.

We know life is the most important thing in the world and everyone should take the utmost care to live as long as they can. So, in this country, health care should be free for anyone who needs it.

Jackie Turner is an artist and vendor with Street Sense Media.

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