America’s Health Is Failing


Ruthanny Kroegenberg, Contributor

Does America really care about your health? Healthcare is a significant part of our society which requires commitment from stakeholders, to provide a quality and sensible service, to all citizens. However, the United States healthcare system is faulty due to lack of coordination between the healthcare industry and governmental regulations. 

There are a lot of issues in the health care system. However, a major issue is food provided in places with lower incomes.  According to the New York Times, tax incentive programs are targeting lower income communities or neighborhoods. These areas are not easily accessible to any fresh food or supermarkets. Citizens who live in low income neighborhoods have less access to fresh foods than others, who do live near supermarkets or have their own personal transportation. The United States is the leading country when it comes to eating fast food- restaurants such as McDonalds, Wendy’s, Checkers, KFC and many more. Over a quarter of American adults eat fast food daily. Fast food is mostly eaten due to the cheap prices, quick processing, and easy access. These foods are easily accessible everywhere. However, poor neighborhoods are, “too accessible,” to unhealthy foods. There is a disturbing trend regarding the closing of large supermarkets and growth of fast food chains in poorer and underserved neighborhoods. Without healthy food choices and lifestyles, our most vulnerable communities are being set up by the government and industries to become sick.

The American healthcare system terribly faulted, even if it spends the highest proportion of its gross domestic product on health care. The health care system in America is not universal. Access to good healthcare should be a human right. The  healthcare system is provided through private or public systems, and neither is doing a good job. The insufficiency and inequality of America’s healthcare system is hindering poorer people.

The healthcare system is one of the most significant components of the U.S.’s economy. The problem is that it is a profit driven industry, and our government and leaders allow it to put money over people. Universal healthcare is needed, but it is not enough. The government must regulate the system which leads to poor health. It starts with protecting supermarkets and food choices in lower income areas. Fresh food should be accessible and distributed to everyone equally.