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HCA 255 Topic 7 DQ 2
Consider a future health care need, such as medical issues from lack of gravity or deep-sea pressures. Are the current health care policies and laws able to provide access at a competitive cost and high quality? Provide an example in support of your answer.
 
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None of the current health care policies and laws are able to provide access at a competitive cost and high quality. They do not incorporate the risks of deep-sea pressures that are seen when astronauts experience weightlessness for long periods of time. It also does not consider the issues with lack of gravity which affects calcium and bone loss. This is proven when astronauts experience reverse bone loss which means they have lost too much bone density due to zero gravity and more bone density should be added to it.
Residents in space are at risk for a variety of health problems, including weakening muscles, depression, and radiation exposure. The United States’ current health care policies and laws will not be able to provide medical care for astronauts in space in the event they become too sick to travel to Earth. Due to the lack of gravity, residents of space lose bone density and muscle mass, making them less capable of enduring a return trip to Earth. Also, life on a spaceship is less than ideal. Astronauts regularly experience mood swings, depression caused by lack of natural light and nutrient-deficient food, as well as psychological distress because of being separated from their families. Additionally, astronauts are exposed to high levels of radiation while in space and may develop cancer or blood-borne illnesses.
Due to the nature of their business, astronauts are at a greater risk for health problems. It is important for space agencies to understand and study the risks these astronauts face, but funding these studies can be expensive. Recently discussed evidence indicates that the immune system is compromised when an astronaut returns from a long-term space flight. The degradation of bone is also common among astronauts due to microgravity conditions. Due to rising health care costs and advances in medical treatments, researchers have reason to look at various ways on how to improve astronaut’s quality of life as well as basic health information.
The pioneers of Apollo 11 would be the first to tell you that the moon landing was nothing more than a successful experiment. It is only by furthering our knowledge and exploring the final frontier that we will relieve current health care concerns. With our current plan put in place, we can expect to see a newly developed generation of telescopes that will fulfill the duties required to support future missions.