Although the statistics , says that 66% of Americans are satisfied with the U.S healthcare system, it’s clearly visible as seen on media reports and even from the opinions of some of our fellows (specifically the Asian-American), that there is a big room for improvement when it comes to providing better healthcare for the people. Whatever the Medicaid or Medicare cover, the “minority” on that percentage is still a notable number of millions unsatisfied Americans. What is more for the Asian-Americans to whom language barrier alone is a culprit for their limited access to healthcare and other national privileges?
The healthcare system in America has been a center of conversation in between me and my friends. Matter-of-factly speaking, we talked about it most of the time. We talked about possibilities and of course, we have our conversation about our own disappointments.
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization’s director Jen Lee said that according to data as measured, Asian Americans with limited English proficiency have hard time understanding about their insurance policies. This is a huge boundary since most insurance provider hand out their plans’ with English as default language on documentations. Furthermore, the Health and Human Services explains, “Language barriers can interfere with receiving quality health care. About one-third of Asian-Americans do not speak English very well. Some do not speak any English. Many Asian-Americans may not know about the risk factors for disease or the role of preventive health care. Cultural beliefs about health and illness often conflict with Western medicine, which keep some Asian-Americans from seeking help for symptoms or sticking with treatment. Those living in poverty or uninsured may have limited access to health care.”
There is a research that portrays how racial discrimination relates to illness among different ethnic populations. In this study, evidences were gathered to identify gaps and boundaries that block the possibilities of better healthcare for people whatever their race might be. Support studies like these remain underdeveloped. This is why it is hard to raise my hopes up for fast improvements when it comes to healthcare for Asian Americans.
Asian Americans accounts more than 5% of the U.S population . They also account for more than one-quarter of foreign-born population in the America. The growth of Asian Americans continues to expand each year, yet, the healthcare system remains as is, like it is taking its sweet time to savor the status quo.
The statistics we talked at the beginning may have shows that the majority of Americans are satisfied with the current healthcare provided by the U.S government but on the race of the wealthiest countries when it comes to providing healthcare, the United States hold the lowest rank . This is obviously one of the reasons why complaints and rants about the system flood.
Asian Americans are expected to grow by 37.6 million by 2050 . Hopefully by then the healthcare system is more stable, reliable, central, organized and among all, fair.