Retail Healthcare

Healthcare is big business. In the United States, the healthcare sector makes up about 20% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (Healthcare Triage, 2014). Whether directly or indirectly, most of the companies that make up the Fortune 500 are stakeholders of some sort in the medical industries, from Big Pharma to equipment manufacturing to the care itself (Healthcare Triage, 2014). Americans, through their employers or the government access system, purchase an insurance plan, and then pay copays to use their plans after their deductibles have been met. Unless a patient is on Medicare, Medicaid, or another government plan, the insurance policy is owned by a private business whose own profits play a role in the type of care people receive.

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Reopening America

Americans have become restless. While New York has seen remarkably high numbers of COVID19 cases, rural areas across the US are beginning to feel imprisoned in their own homes, citing encroachment of their freedoms and demanding local governments to lift quarantine orders (McNeil, 2020). Politicians, quick to please their constituents, are making bold statements and decisions about opening businesses back up to bring the country’s economy back up to speed. Scientists and physicians argue that politics and finances are playing too big a role in the reopening of America, explaining that opening too early could risk hundreds of thousands more lives (McNeil, 2020).

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