Comparative Analysis of the Health Care Systems Offered in the United States and Mexico

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Comparative Analysis of the Health Care Systems Offered in the United States and Mexico

Comparative Analysis of the Health Care Systems Offered in the United States and Mexico Healthcare Comparison of United States and Mexico The objective of this report is to give a comparative analysis between the United States healthcare system and Mexico's. Its key focal point will be centered on the countries policies, how their various systems are financed, who provides healthcare, the costs of the programs and availability of access. While some factors of these two countries are similar there are varying differences among them, especially cost and access. All of the components of the two countries healthcare systems will be discussed
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The U.S. is slightly behind Mexico when it comes to passing legislation that provides financial protection due to healthcare expenses and allowing healthcare to be a constitutional right. Mexico took their first step in major healthcare reform with the enactment of the System for Social Protection in Health (SSPH) in 2003; and was expected to insure all Mexicans by 2010 (Frenk & Knaul, 2005). The National Health Program (NHP or Programma Nacional de Salud) started the Popular Health Insurance (Seguro Popular) program in January 2004 with the purpose of offering voluntary basic and catastrophic healthcare coverage to all Mexicans, especially to those 50 million people that are uninsured (Frenk et al., 2003). This number of uninsured represents those that are self-employed, unemployed, work in the informal sector, or are no longer working for various reasons (Frenk, et al., 2003). Premiums for this voluntary universal health coverage are paid for in part by the Federal government, in part by the State and in part by the individual or family based on their disposable income, while the poorest of the population pay nothing (Miller, 2009). Currently, the Popular Health Insurance (PHI) program provides coverage for the previously uninsured, the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) provides coverage for those who work in the private sector and their

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