Should Illegal Immigrants Access Unlimited Health Care? Should Illegal Immigrants Access Unlimited Health Care? Introduction In the recent past, there has been an influx of illegal immigrants into the United States. Many people have recognized the opportunities in the United States. These people are willing to take advantage of the opportunities. However, many of them do not follow channels of entry into the United States. They eventually find themselves as illegal immigrants living in difficult situations. There has been an ongoing debate on whether illegal immigrants should have unlimited access to health care. In addition, there has been a constant concern of who should handle the costs incurred when rendering health care services to illegal immigrants. Worth noting is the fact that many Americans have access to health care services because of the existing insurance plans. The United States healthcare sector has had to deal with increasing costs of providing health care (Yoshikawa, 2011). Therefore, taxpayers have the conviction that illegal immigrants should not be allowed free access to healthcare in the United States. On the other hand, other people argue that illegal immigrants make a significant contribution to the American economy a factor that entitled them to enjoying some of the benefits such as healthcare services. This paper will highlight the views of Americans regarding this issue.
With the increasing numbers of the undocumented number of illegal immigrants into the United States, there has been an increasing pressure on the provision of health care services to such individuals. Many health care institutions have faced the compulsion of providing illegal immigrants with emergency health care services. Worth noting is the fact that emergency health care services seek to save lives and their provision should not depend on whether an individual is legally or illegally in the United States. The Federal Government has set aside a special Medicaid fund whose purpose is to subsidize emergency health care services for illegal immigrants (Newman, 2007). However, the fund can only cater for emergency services and does not provide preventive health care.
Some Americans argue that illegal immigrants are getting more than they deserve. However, Americans should recognize that the illegal immigrants contribute to both the micro and macro economics of the United States. With such contributions, they deserve to have access to basic services such as health care and housing. Some schools of thought argue that denying illegal immigrants access to health care services is both impractical and unethical. All individuals living in the United States should be allowed access to public services (Loue & Sajatovic, 2012). Moreover, denying such individuals access to health care will result in negative consequences for the entire society. The Federal government has a moral obligation of promoting healthy and productive lives for all the people in the United States.
Many Americans feel that illegal immigrants are straining the healthcare sector unnecessarily. As taxpayers, many Americans have the conviction that their money should not be used in offering services to illegal immigrants. However, from a different perspective, it emerges that illegal immigrants contribute positively to the economic system, and hence deserve to have access to public services (Morris & Faulk, 2012). The federal government should be more rational and be willing to provide illegal immigrants with the required access to health care services. The illegal immigrants do not have insurance cover and they need help with footing medical bills.
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