1. Identify one country from the following list whose healthcare system you will compare to the U.S. healthcare system: Great Britain, Japan, Germany, or Switzerland.
Great Britain and American Health Care Compared
2. Compare access between the two healthcare systems for children, people who are unemployed, and for people who are retired.
Great Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) covers everyone children, unemployed and retired. There is no payment required. Taxes are higher in Great Britain to cover the medical costs. (Palfreman & Reid, 2008)
In America programs such as Medicaid and Medicare exist for assistance to those that do not have healthcare insurance or as a secondary.
Medicaid is funded federally and state wide for…show more content… (Kounang, 2015)
Medicare, one of the greatest purchasing clients in the medication industry, is not lawfully allowed to bargain first hand with companies for lower medication costs or best possible price. (Kounang, 2015)
Great Britain medication coverage.
Those enrolled in the NHS are expected to pay for their prescriptions however, a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) exists in the NHS for assistance with prescriptions.
“A three month PPC costs £29.10 and could save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months. A 12 month PPC costs £104.00 and could save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year.” (NHS in England - help with health costs, 2016)
A year PPC membership allows a person saves between 95-295 euros depending on the amount of items needed. (NHS in England - help with health costs, 2016)
No cost NHS prescription is available, during the time the medication script is given, if the following apply: Age 60 and above, below age 16, between the ages of 16 and 18 as a full time student. Currently expecting or have given birth in the last year (providing a “maternity exemption certificate”) (Expatriate's Guide To Living In the UK, 2016). Specific diagnosis, conditions or a disability preventing the person from self care and are given