Health Care Vs. United States

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Health Care Comparison Throughout the world, many different healthcare systems exist. The number one system in the world is France. Unfortunately, the United States does not rank very high on the list at number thirty-seven out of fifty different nations. Many larger and smaller countries are ranked higher than the United States. However, it is important to compare these different systems in order to find an ideal system that can improve population health, improve individual care, and reduce the cost. Japan is ranked number nine. Although this system has its own pros and cons, it is still ranked high on the scale of different healthcare systems. The government plays a large role in providing healthcare in Japan, as it does in many other…show more content…
Unlike many other health care systems, the cost for services does not change based on who gives care or where the care is given (Schabloski, 2008). There seem to be a lot of regulators that are a part of Japan’s healthcare system, potentially contributing to the success Japan has experienced in this field. When financing healthcare in Japan, there are both public and private funds available for healthcare insurance plans. There are three types of insurance plans available to the Japanese people. They are: Society-Managed Health Insurance (SMHI) and Mutual Aid Association (MAA) plans, the Government-Managed Health Insurance (GMHI), and Citizens Health Insurance (CHI). The SMHI and MAA plans are insurance for large company employees and public employees. The GMHI is insurance for smaller companies that receive government subsidies. The CHI is insurance for self-employment and retired citizens that also receive government subsidies (Schabloski, 2008).
When a country has universal healthcare one may ask, who pays the bill? Some countries, like Japan, have a set fee for services, which are determined by the government. Every two years the costs for services and reimbursement rates are reassessed. Also, your income level determines the premium rates that you pay (Schabloski, 2008). Co-payments for healthcare
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