Analysis Of Sick Around The World

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The United States health care system is unique among other advanced countries. This system does not have a central governing agency, it is delivered under imperfect market conditions, there are multiple players and payers, and there is no universal health care coverage (Shi & Singh, 2015, p. 9). In a time where healthcare reform is being discussed, it is important for the United States to consider what is proactive as well as what is failing the system. That is what Sick Around The World did; the documentary compared five other countries’ (United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland) healthcare systems to see how they stacked up against the United States. Between all of the five countries that were visited, there were five…show more content…
Finally, and possibly most importantly, personal medical bankruptcy was unheard of in all of these countries; the majority of the population had never received a medical bill in their life. The five shared characteristics are things health care reformers in the United States should greatly consider implementing in the U.S. health system. Currently, the United States health care system is known to be complex, massive, confusing, expensive, and dangerous (Bowman, 2017). Intertwining these characteristics into United States health care could eliminate some of these negative aspects. Having a single-payer system, or a system where the government is heavily involved in the oversight and management of the program seems to be a successful approach to medical care and would reduce the complexity of our current system. Even in countries such as Germany or Japan, the healthcare system is supervised and regulated so closely that it comes close to being a single-payer model. Even though these systems have their own downfalls, the systems put the population first and the cost second as their main goal is to protect and prolong the lives of the citizens. Adopting a single-payer system would also make the system less confusing to everyone involved; in Canada, “physicians bill a single insurer, using a simple form, and fee schedules are negotiated annually between provincial medical associations and governments”
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