Health Care At The United States

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In the United States, health care is considered a market compared to the National Health Insurance (NHI) System in Taiwan. In the U.S. health care is seen as a privilege in accordance with the lack of universal coverage. The U.S. also has the most expensive health care system in the world, yet when assessing performance compared to other countries, they consistently fall short; the U.S. has failed to achieve better health outcomes than other countries and is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity (Davis, Stemikis, Squires & Schoen, 2014). According to Palfreman and Reid (2008) in the film “Sick Around the World”, Taiwan has the lowest health care average costs paid by families per year. The NHI is a single, government run system that forces everyone to join in and pay (Reid, Block & Norris, 2008). Health services within the NHI are financed by a government insurance office. “The bill goes directly to the government insurance office and is paid automatically, so Taiwan has the lowest administrative cost in the world—less than two percent” (Reid, Block & Norris, 2008). In the U.S. there are many payers—public, private, and out-of-pocket payers. On average, families in Taiwan pay about six-hundred and fifty dollars per year while many families in the U.S. can pay upwards of twelve hundred to thirteen hundred dollars per month. In the NHI system, clients have a free choice of doctors, there is no gatekeeper controlling access to health care services,
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