Health Care Policy Is An Anomaly Among Industrialized Nations Essay

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The United States’ approach to health care policy is an anomaly among industrialized nations. Disagreement about what the federal government’s role in health care ought to be, combined with the structure of lawmaking institutions, have yielded generations of improvised policies and programs that intend to mollify individual issues created by the health care system rather than comprehensively addressing its flaws. Following World War II, while most industrialized nations were creating national systems for health care in order to promote equality between classes, the US opted to exclude the provision health care from the federal government’s list of responsibilities. Unlike in those industrialized nations, there was no ideological consensus in the US that health care was a right. Therefore, national health care was seen as being outside the purview of the state. In part due to the distinctive, deep-seated suspicion of large government, its role was relegated to tackle piecemeal health care issues as they gained traction though an incremental, “disjointed” (Lindblom; Tuohy, p. 71) process. The federal government has been essentially limited to use health care policy as a tool only when problems within the existing health care system, such as access, affordability for the consumer, overall cost and efficiency, are framed as discrete, palatable issues at opportune times. Any attempt to create a rational, comprehensive plan, such as a national health plan, has been repeatedly

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