Healthcare for Children

Among all the human rights issues effecting children, I chose to focus on healthcare.  Quality healthcare is essential to ensure children have better health outcomes later in life.  Healthcare should be a human right for all people, especially children.  No matter what country or culture a child is raised in, healthcare is important.  Many countries have universal healthcare, including: Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, France, United Kingdom and many others.  This means that all children in these countries have access to doctors and healthcare.  In the United States there is not universal healthcare.  Therefore, not all children have access to the medical care they need.  The United States does have the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  CHIP puts health coverage within reach for all uninsured kids and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.  On January 22, 2018, Congress passed a six-year extension of CHIP funding.  In the United States the percentage of uninsured children was 5% in 2015 down from 9% in 2009.  I think Philadelphia should guarantee all children under 18 have healthcare.  Currently CHIP helps many, but not all.  We should ensure that all children in Philadelphia  have healthcare.

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