Break the System: “Health Care is Justice” (Part#4)

“Reducing demand for illegal drugs might also reduce violence associated with the illegal drug trade. The authors estimate that each additional treatment facility in a county reduces the social costs of crime in that county by $4.2 million per year. Annual costs of treatment in a facility are approximately $1.1 million, so the benefits far exceed the costs.”

However, these treatment programs will only have use if they are accessible. Instead of relying on a health care system that relies on costly health insurance, we can remove the barrier by having Medicare for All.

In further review, Medicaid expansions have reduced violent crime by as much as 5.8% and property crime by 3%, thus, the Affordable Care Act is estimated to have saved society $13.6 billion solely in its effect on crime reduction.

It is also important to understand that many people with mental illness are NOT perpetrators of crime but rather are more likely to be victims of crimes! According to Cherly Platzman Weinstock in Risk of being a crime victim goes up with mental illness, having a mental illness will increase one’s vulnerability to crime. Between the two binary genders (all that was studied), men with a psychiatric disorder had a 50% increase of reporting crimes against them whereas women saw an increase by 64%. Substance users and those with personality disorders are among the highest at risk.

In the article: “We hope that the study findings will highlight the importance of the risk of being subjected to crime and violence that people with mental illnesses right across the diagnostic spectrum face,” said lead author Kimberlie Dean, associate professor and chair of forensic mental health at the University of New South Wales in Matraville, Australia.

“We also hope it will motivate more research to improve our understanding of the risk and how to combat it and (help) towards re-balancing public perceptions about mental illness,” she told Reuters Health in an email.”

From the article: “However, in every day life, these people face social issues such as gaining and retaining employment. Thirty per cent of employees with cancer resigned their posts voluntarily and 4% of employees with cancer were dismissed in 2004. It has been reported that cancer patients and survivors who can work find it difficult to resume working, continue working or to find a new job. Based on this evidence, it is assumed that people with other chronic diseases may find it equally difficult to find and retain employment.”

As we previously discussed, chronic unemployment can lead to the commission of or increase the victimhood of crime.

References:

New evidence that access to health care reduces crime. 2018. Jennifer Doleac.

Other Issues

Universal Basic Income
Attainable Shelter
Decriminalize Drugs (Yes, even that one)
Decriminalize Sex Work
Federal Job Guarantee

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