Healthcare in the United States - A Muslim perspective
Staff Writer, March 15, 2009
The healthcare is considered an industry or profession which the provides service related to the preservation or improvement of the health of individuals or the treatment or care of individuals who are injured, sick, or disabled.
The two important issues that we are facing in the United States during this recession time are the insurance is not offered for the pre-existing medical condition and millions are uninsured due to jobless.
We recommend that the state provides Universal Healthcare through the employer for those who are employed and should provide subsidized rate for the poor and jobless citizens and address all the healthcare issues including the ones that are cited above. We understand that there is a market of ideas about the definition of Universal Healthcare itself and the specifics need to be worked out but however it should help alleviate the healthcare cost on the individuals.
Prevention is better than cure. Government should fund money on studies such stem cell research in order to treat people early enough so that the healthcare cost is greatly reduced on the individuals.
Muslims along with like-minded non-Muslims should form a private, non-profit healthcare corporation that provides access to high quality healthcare for all, regardless of ability to pay. The University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic model that serves people of Los Angeles can be leveraged.
Individuals should take good nutrition. "O mankind: Eat of what is lawful and good on earth" (Quran 2: 168).
The second component in nutrition after permission of the lawful and probation of the unlawful is the moderation in the lawful.
Obesity is a major American tragedy, a form of malnutrition, affecting millions of people, of all age. Ninety-nine percent of obesity is due to overeating. Allah advises as to be moderate in quantity.
"Eat of the good things we have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein, lest my wrath should justly descend on you, and those on whom descends my wrath do perish indeed" (Quran 20:81).
According to a Hadith of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) we are advised to leave one third of our stomach empty after finishing the meal.
When a disease is confirmed Muslim should accept it as a will of God.
"And if God touches thee with affliction, none can remove it but He: if He touches thee with happiness He has power over all things." (Quran 6:17).
Muslims should seek early medical attention in order to save life and money.
Usamah ibn Shareek reports that he was with the Prophet (PBUH) and some Arabs came to him and asked "O Messenger of Allah, should we seek medical treatment?" He said: "Yes. O You Servants of Allah. Seek medical treatment because Allah has not created an illness without creating a cure for it, with the exception of one illness." They asked which illness was that. The Prophet answered: "Old age." (Abu Dawood)
Turn the bad economy into good health. Save money by cooking healthy meals at home. Do Exercise. Use public transportation, which corresponds to more physical activity. This would reduce weight and in turn help reduce healthcare cost.
In summary, Islam invokes respect for the body as a gift from Allah; a Muslim does not assume absolute "ownership" of his or her body, but only cares for it as a precious gift in order to enjoy it.