We all have the right to access to medication and any other forms of medical help. But with America’s costly health care, access to medication now seems like a privilege, not a right. It now seems that medication is only something that the rich could afford. While people of low social status, are likely to land themselves in debt for getting sick. Which seems to be unfair to people.

The United States is one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to medicine. Medical breakthroughs always happen in the U.S. They have very advanced medical technology. That may be the reason for their high-priced cost of healthcare.

But does this highly advanced medical technology justify the country’s overpriced health care?

I don’t think so.

Finding affordable health care should not be too hard. People shouldn’t have to be running from one health facility to another, looking for a facility that is cheap. This also prevents people from receiving treatment right away. The longer it takes to treat a person’s medical condition, the higher are the stakes that condition will worsen.

Do we want to be stressed out thinking about bills that we know we can’t pay, when we are already very ill? Are we just supposed to rely on painkillers because we can’t afford to have a dentist pull out a tooth.

Self-care is very important. If I can’t take care of myself, I will not be able to go to work. If I can’t go to work, my livelihood would collapse. How can I take care of myself, if I couldn’t get easy access to medication? And not having enough money makes it easier to have your livelihood collapse.

In 1965, the government came up with Medicare and Medicaid. Which was meant to support the poor and the elderly. This has made some improvements. Still, Medicare and Medicaid are still expensive. It still left out a huge number of workers whose employers wouldn’t offer health care as one of their benefits. A lot of companies also don’t want to cover their workers’ insurance, due to it being too expensive.

This just proves that health care has become a status symbol. A person’s social status now is determined based on what they can afford to purchase in clinics and hospitals. Is the government truly taking care of its people when they can’t promise to take care of everyone’s health?

Immigrants also find the overpriced health care troubling. One of my concerns here as an immigrant is, I don’t have access to health care. And as an immigrant, my resources are very limited. I don’t have enough money and credit scores to buy myself some of the things I need. I couldn’t seem to understand why health care and dental care here is too expensive.

Immigrants move to this country to make money and most of these immigrants send money to their family back home. They come here with hope to make more money, only to spend more than half of those money on medical bills.

When I was back home, I didn’t have to worry about going to the doctor. Because the rates are affordable, even for the poor. But here, every time I’m sick I always tell myself, “I hope it doesn’t get too bad.” Because I don’t want to go to the doctor. Immigrants here are always hustling, trying to make themselves financially steady in a new country.

Immigrants usually move here in pursuit of a better place. But then sometimes they just find themselves in financial problems that they didn’t really have to worry about before. An example of that is worrying about how much you will have to pay whenever you find yourself in the hospital. Even if it’s just for something small, even if it’s just to consult a doctor. A trip to a doctor here usually costs at least $100, when I used to only pay $10 when I was home.

I will have to pay at least ten times more than the amount I used to pay. My family is not even financially stable here yet. A lot of Filipinos go all the way home just to get their teeth done, instead of getting it done here.

The United States is the country with the most immigrants. I wish they would also consider the people that they have adopted into this country. Most of the immigrants who come here don’t really come from a rich background. A lot of them can’t afford to get their own insurance. Not all employers also pay for the insurance of their workers. This situation has become extremely problematic to people.

Health care in the United States is expensive, overpriced, some would even say. Not everyone can get it. Not everyone offers it. It has now become a privilege, when its supposedly a basic right. How can one of the richest countries in the world not give all its people easy access to health care?