Healthcare in the United States

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In the United States today, at any given time, there are more than forty-one million people who are without health insurance. The United States Government actuaries states that the healthcare spending in the U.S. will double by 2015-to-more than 12,300 per person and account for 20 percent of the nations GDP. U.S. healthcare costs have made health insurance too expensive for many employers to offer health insurance. Health coverage alone is taking away more than a quarter of worker’s earnings. Fewer employers are offering health insurance in America. Under President Obama, the current administration firmly believes that comprehensive reform should reduce long-term growth of health care costs for businesses and government, protect…show more content…
A single payer plan would expand programs such as Medicare to everyone. According to the Canadians, this plan saves in administrative costs and direct control over prices to be paid for hospital and physician services and drugs. Public health insurance remains Canada’s most popular social program. Most Canadians prefer their health care system to the U.S. model. Universal health care shows that health care can be funded from the public purse without eliminating choice and without bankrupting the government. The Canadian doctors and patients have more choice about whom to see and about what medical procedures to follow than the more privately funded and profit-oriented system in the U.S. However, Canada covers the whole population and the United States covers only the elderly, very poor, military and some disabled. Canadians have a one-tier system while the U.S. does not. The rich and the poor in Canada go to the same hospitals and doctors. Neither receives a bill and the rich cannot buy quicker access, better facilities or preferential treatment. What is covered by the public insurance system cannot be covered by a private insurer and doctors are not allowed to bill above the prescribed rate for services covered by the public insurance. Canada has been providing this comprehensive and high-quality care for more than a quarter century without billing individuals for services or
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