I would argue that health is both an individual as well as a community problem. Individuals should have annual physicals, annual dental check-ups, and a good dialogue with a health care professional to have questions answered and problems addressed.
However, health is also a community responsibility. As we know, health is affected not only by genetics and individual health habits. Health is also the product of environmental influences. In particular, we know that there are steroids, toxins, bacteria, and other hazards in the food we consume. We also know there are environmental influences as a result of pollution from cars, waste sites, manufacturing and other sources.
As contributors to health risk, we owe every citizen subjected to the hazards of environmental influences the basic right to preventative health screenings.
Provisions under the Affordable Care Act allow annual physicals and health screenings without a fee. However, studies have found that many of the insured are unaware of these and other benefits.
I agree with the fact that health is a community and individual problem. One of my major concerns is with an individual who does all the necessary steps to say healthy and based on environmental influences they become ill. This is very frustrating to me because I feel that there is a price on the decision making on rules and regulation of the manufacturing sources. Some of the products that we consume should not pass inspection nor be approved. I am always hearing about something was good for you is no longer good for you now an example of this is wine and chocolate. The reality is that there is always some expert that says one thing and a year later another so called expert contradict the previous theory. As an individual we must conduct our own research and stay informed on what is healthy.
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