Lack Of Access Proves To Be A Hindrance For Texans To Attain Healthcare!

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Health care is conventionally regarded as a vital determinant in promoting the general physical and mental health and well-being of people accross the globe. An example of this was the worldwide elemination of smallpox in 1980, declared by the WHO as the first disease in human history to be completely eradicated by deliberate health care interventions.

According to a study at Midland Memorial Hospital this year, it has been analyzed that people who are under-insured and who are deprived of insurance, are having hindrances accessing health services. This is in accordance with Midland only.

Although, easy access is still a hurdle for most Midlanders who are seeking economical healthcare, women who are low-income and the only bread-earners for their families are the ones who are the most under-privileged. About 36% of the women in Texas, aged between 18 & 34 do not possess health insurance, which makes it even tougher for them to attain healthcare, which obviously will benefit them diagnose diseases like cervical or breast cancer in time.

State funding deducts for family-planning including the dismissal of federal financing for ‘women’s health programs’ in 2011 has terminated any safeguard for women who are underinsured or uninsured in Texas.
In Midland, approximately 14191 people are registered with Medicaid according to the data collected in 2013. Yet about 24% of the population under the age of 65 is still uninsured. This signifies that 32712 people are yet uninsured, with virtually half being women. Texas persistently is recorded to be the uninsured capital of United States with probabilities twice as high as the national average.

The primary analysis for the Women’s Health program which was launched in 2015 demonstrated a 9.1% decline in enlistments for 2013 when compared to the enlistments in 2011.

Contraception claims had declined all over the state too. This may indicate, that there is a substantial difference till date as far as healthcare access is concerned for underinsured and uninsured population. Also, the resolution passed by Texas which clearly states it will dismiss any Medicaid extension done with the assistance of the ‘Affordable Care Act’ which can also lead to poverty among men and women, having no budget for healthcare.

A tax was passed in Austin that could greatly help establish safety nets for Texans who are, underinsured and uninsured.

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