Essay on Healthcare in France Compared to the United States

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Abstract My paper is comparing the healthcare system in France to the healthcare system we have in the United States. We need to look at France’s healthcare and other countries with universal healthcare and ask ourselves “Is it sustainable?” Is it feasible?” “Will it provide for those who don’t have insurance and help those that do?” The results show universal healthcare is usable, but there have to be guidelines, who it covers, what it covers, and what improvements need to be made to make it work. When other countries have been using universal healthcare for 60 + years, it shows there is hope for it in this country too. Healthcare is a growing problem, but it might become more of one if taxes are raised to cover the cost. France’s NHS…show more content…
and in France, the employers and the employees split the cost of insurance each pay period. In the U.S., insurance premiums can’t be pre-determined because of the “risk” classification, and that of different group sizes looking for coverage. The average employed person in the United States pays roughly $6,000 a year, in France; the average employed person pays about $3000. Malpractice consists of an out-of-court, no-fault system brought to a regions government appointment review board. It determines if compensation is in order and how much. The money comes a patient relief fund which is generated from insurance premiums placed on the physicians money, the hospital, or from a general fund from revenues. We need to look at the different groups, such as the elderly, obese, and smokers in the United States. Elderly- 13% of the population is 65 and older. The Baby Boomers are getting close to the retirement age, and families have been cutting down from 3 children per family to just 2. Obese- is becoming an “epidemic!” We have 44.3 million people that are either obese or over weight. In 1986, the numbers were at 1 in 2000, and they became 1 in 400 by the year 2000. Even our high school age students are at an all time high of 16% overweight and 10% obese. As that number keeps increasing, future projections for covering healthcare expenditures must figure in the obese-related
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