Healthcare Systems And The United Kingdom

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This paper outlines the differences between the healthcare systems of the United States and the United Kingdom and expands on what that means for the health and wealth of the citizens of these countries. The U.S. and the U.K. are two different countries with two very different healthcare systems. The U.S. healthcare system is the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) and is the attempt by the U.S. to provide affordable healthcare coverage. he U.K. healthcare system is publicly financed and managed by the National Health Service, (NHS). The U.S. healthcare system is largely private sector whereas the healthcare in the U.K. is public. “The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country in the nation while the U.K. is a country that spends…show more content…
This figure is far more than any developed country. The U.K. spends 3,935 per capita for healthcare (Fox, 2016). By comparison, these figures represent a significant difference in expenses. According to a report from the Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. healthcare system has shortcomings which have been a problem for many years (Fox, 2016). Healthcare in the U.S. is delivered almost exclusively by private sector providers. The U.S. has hospitals that are owned by for profit companies and by non-profit companies. The hospitals in the U.K. are public and private. The differences between a universal healthcare system and a private healthcare system are many. Like anything else, there are strengths and weaknesses to each system. Some of the strengths of the U.S. type of healthcare system are; “choice, responsiveness, availability to customers willing to pay for coverage and control over decisions related to your healthcare (Bolnick, 2002).” The strengths of a universal healthcare system are; “universal coverage, cost control, low overhead costs and you pay a tax based on your earnings (Bolnick, 2002).” Of course, both systems have weaknesses as well. According to Bolnick, the weaknesses of the private systems are; no universal coverage, excessive costs, risk related premiums and challenges to limit costs. The weaknesses of the public healthcare system are; “unresponsiveness, not all
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