The U.S. is an industrialized nation that continues to be behind on providing health care coverage to all citizens. However, the German health care system came up with a plan that ensured all citizens are provided with some form of health care coverage; nevertheless, the U.S. continues to dispute health care reform and how to provide coverage to all citizens. “Health spending per capita in the United States is much higher than in other countries – at least $2,535 dollars, or 51%, higher than Norway, the next largest per capita spender. Furthermore, the United States spends nearly double the average $3,923 for the 15 countries ("Health Care Cost," 2011, table 1)”.
Universal Healthcare sounds appealing, but it actually lowers the quality and quantity of healthcare services that are rendered to patients, thus downgrading the healthcare system as a whole. Not having to pay, with everyone having coverage leads to longer wait times for medical service and many people overusing health care services. Implementation of Universal Healthcare in the United States would lead to a detrimental crippling of the nation’s health system. For those countries that have implemented Universal Healthcare or a system similar to it, all or most aspects of the coverage such as cost and care is generally provided by and tightly controlled by the government, a public-sector committee, or employer-based programs, with most of the funding essentially coming from tax revenues or budget cuts in other areas of spending. This paper will conclude with comparing the US healthcare system to others and how the US has one of the most advanced systems in the world.
The health care delivery system of the United States is unique compared to the other developed countries. The health care system of United States relies on the development and implementation of new health care technology. The use of new technology in the field of health care will help to provide services with increased quality and efficacy (Shi & Singh, 2015). The external forces affecting the provision of health care delivery also has an inevitable role in the functioning of the system. The affordable care act (ACA) or “Obama Care” was signed into law by president Barack Obama on March 23, 2010 with the goal to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance, and to reduce the growth in the U.S. health care spending (Ober & Craven, 2010).
The healthcare system of the United States was established as a system of health and welfare programs created to provide affordable treatment to the citizens of the United States. Recently, the Affordable Health Care Act was passed changing the structure of the system (Mulvany, 2012). While in theory the new arrangement works, it has its flaws due to the resulting cost, slowness, and the government interfering with religious and personal beliefs. These problems have led many people to question the role of the government in the life of the individual.
The United States of America is the most prosperous and free country in the world because of hard working citizens and the God-given freedoms we possess. America has contributed countless scientific and medical discoveries and accomplished feats deemed impossible by others. The wealth and progress in this country was not brought about by government intervention and supervision, but from individuals who had the freedom to do what they did best. Because of this freedom, America’s healthcare is currently unmatched anywhere in the world. Though other countries may tout free healthcare, they make it up with burdening taxes, understaffed hospitals, and incredibly long wait periods. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act puts America’s healthcare system in jeopardy of falling into the same trap. “Obamacare”, as it is referred to, moves America to a bureaucratized and overburdened system having far reaching consequences on taxpayers, professionals, and patients and should be repealed.
The term “complex” is defined in the dictionary as “a very complicated or involved arrangement of parts, units, etc.., which is complicated or intricate as to be hard to understand or deal with.” The healthcare system has proven to be the most complex industry on a global scale, as it continuously challenges nations to mobilize and strategize a more cost efficient and quality driven health care system. Healthcare is an essential part of life in which all individuals take advantage of with or without insurance coverage. Consequently, healthcare costs is the largest global expense, causing nations to revolutionize their health systems in efforts to contain cost. Developed countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom have focalized on universal health systems tailored to their needs to contain healthcare costs. Although universal health systems are idealistic for the government and its citizens, quality and access of care is a continuous issue. Before discussing the problems related to universal health systems, we must first understand the benefits of both (Canada and United Kingdom) systems. After analyzing the pros and cons of these systems, we will then analyze the U.S. and their efforts to contain healthcare costs with the Affordable Care Act, and if transitioning to a universal health care system would be beneficial to our economy.
The American healthcare system is an ongoing ailment that is at the forefront of issues plaguing America. Unlike the rest of the world, the American healthcare system is a combination of several models that caters for distinct classes of people. Other countries, such as China and Switzerland, have adopted a one-size-fits-all model in which everyone falls under. This model is a more straightforward as well as cheaper approach to America's healthcare system.
Healthcare coverage is a contentious issue for the United States and affects everyone, those with low income and individuals with higher income. The common complaint among individuals is the cost of care. The US is notorious for having a higher cost for medical care than other developed countries. Up to this point finding, suitable plans have been fruitless therefore it’s time to explore other options. Universal health coverage is indeed to beneficial to the country. According to Herzlinger, Richman & Boxer (2017), The main reason for a delay in the implementation of affordable universal coverage is that of the high costs to treat individuals with a pre-existing condition since they are accounting for a significant portion of health care spending
Everyone needs healthcare, because everyone gets sick. However, throughout the history of the United States of America the options for healthcare stability for its citizens has been very limited and lacking in coverage for many. Health Care Reform has been a major topic of discussion for the past few years, mainly due to the fact that many people were being denied coverage or unable to afford it, as well as a multitude of other reasons. Therefore a new system was proposed to improve the quality of service, keep the costs down, and maintain coverage for all Americans. This would mean a myriad of policy and logistical changes for companies, health systems, insurers, and individuals. This new system came in the form of the 2010 Patient
Health care in the United States has been an ongoing dispute and a major concern to all involved from the provider to the consumer. There have been other countries who have a demonstrated success in providing better health care practices at an economical cost for providers and consumers. Currently the United States spends more per person on health care comparatively speaking to other countries. Perhaps taking a looking at what has worked for other counties and their current health care system will benefit the United States Affordable Care Act in adopting the best practices to deliver a health care system that actually works for all involved. Thus far there are three systems that have a proven track record respectively, Canada’s - National Health Insurance (NHI), Great Britain’s - National Health System (NHS), and Germany’s - Socialized Health Insurance (SHIS), examining each of these systems can provide useable information for the United States.
United States is a country that we believe it is the richest, most powerful country in the world. However, healthcare is not available to the people that live within the country, especially undocumented immigrants. In addition, the cost of healthcare increases as quality of service served. This struggle the Americans believe in living under the roof of a healthcare system protected by insurance companies and government. Compared to Canada and other countries, such as Japan, Germany and France, United States is still having private health care. While most Americans in the middle to upper class have medical insurance and they don’t have to worry about about their health as much as lower classes, including legal permanent immigrants and immigrants
The United States has one of the largest, most complex health care systems in the world. Although the U.S. is among the wealthiest nations in the world, it is far from the healthiest and falls behind other developed nations in terms of healthcare. Mexico and the United States are the only members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which has 34 members in total, which do not have universal health care (“Should All Americans Have the Right to Health Care?” 2015). Health coverage in the United States is provided through both private and public insurance and not automatically provided to everyone. About a fifth of America’s gross
I take the term to mean having multiple decision makers make a set of health care decisions that would be made better through unified decision making. Individual decision makers responsible for only one fragment of a relevant set of health care decisions may fail to understand the full picture, may lack the power to take all the appropriate actions given what they know, or may even have affirmative incentives to shift costs onto others. All these forms of fragmentation can lead to bad health care decisions. Fragmentation can occur along many dimensions. Looking at the narrowest dimension, we might be concerned about fragmentation in treating particular illnesses, such as the lack of coordination among the various professionals involved in treating
There has been a lot of talk and debate lately over Health Care Reform, as people are trying to answer the question – Should a universally accessible health care system be implemented in the United States (US)? This ongoing highly debatable issue remains a hot topic among US citizens from all walks of life, from the very poor to the very wealthy. Health Care Reform affects everyone. The vast majority of the US population is very dissatisfied with the current state of health care. According to the ABC News and Washington Post cooperative poll, 57 percent of Americans aren’t satisfied with the overall system of health care (Langer, 2009). Consequently, the issue of the Health Care Reform was born, but before analyzing the
“In 2007 nearly fifty-million Americans did not have health insurance, while another twenty-five million were underinsured”. (Health CS). The United States one of the most powerful countries in the world where a national health care system is nonexistent because there is no financial accountability. Politics, money and bureaucracy have left Americans with doubt, confusion and the worries on how to pay for health coverage. United States should have a national healthcare plan because it will cut down on cost be more efficient and make doctors more financially responsible when it comes to spending money.