Exploring The Realm Of Health Care

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Kelly Ebling Exploring the Realm of Health Care Health care can be an overwhelming and complex system. There are many differences within health care systems across the world. For my research I decided to compare the systems in Germany and the United States. Although there are many similarities amongst the two, there are also many differences. This research gives insight as to what each individual system is like, and what is involved in keeping it functioning. Shockingly, the United States is the number one country in the world for the highest health care expenditures (The World Factbook, n.d.). It consumed approximately 17.1% of the gross domestic product in 2013 (The World Factbook, n.d.). For a population of 321,368 in 2015, the infant…show more content…
In the United States health care is required for everyone and private and public insurance are the two options available to choose from, but there are still many gaps in coverage rates present (International Profiles of Health, n.d.). Medicare is one form of private insurance and the program’s main purpose is to provide care for those who are 65 and older, disabled, or who are in the last stage of chronic kidney disease (International Profiles of Health, n.d.). Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are available for those who have a low household income (International Profiles of Health, n.d.). It is estimated that 56% of residents within the U.S. are covered by private voluntary insurance with 51% being provided by employers and 6% being acquired on their own (International Profiles of Health, n.d.). Approximately 28% of the insured are covered by private programs which include Medicare providing 15% of coverage, Medicaid providing 12% of coverage, and military care constituting 1% (International Profiles of Health, n.d.). In the year of 2011, 28% of the population, equaling 50 million residents, were uninsured (International Profiles of Health, n.d.). It is predicted that the newly enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will decrease the number of people in the country who are without health insurance (International Profiles of Health, n.d.). By the year 2022, 25 million more people in the country
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