Healthcare in the Us vs Healthcare in the Uk Essay

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Healthcare in the United States vs. Healthcare in the United Kingdom

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“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Background

The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast the Healthcare system in the United States versus the Healthcare system in the United Kingdom. When comparing the healthcare systems of the two countries the first thing that should be done is determining the differences between a “Good Healthcare System, which is the best attainable average level and a Fair Healthcare System, which is the smallest feasible differences among individuals and groups.” Ibid., p. 27-35 Data also analyzed in Gerard Anderson and
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has the world’s most expensive healthcare system, yet one-sixth of Americans are uninsured. Approximately one-third (31%) of adults and a little more than one-half (54%) of children do not have a primary care doctor. Federal spending on healthcare in 2005 alone totaled $600 billion, a massive one-quarter of the federal budget. Someone files for bankruptcy every 30 seconds in the U.S of health concerns. And every 1.5 million families lose their homes to foreclosure due to unaffordable medical costs. The U.S. spends six times more per capita on the administration of the health insurance system than Western European nations, who insure all citizens.“ www.realtruth.org/articles/090203-005-health.html. “In United States, the annual cost of health care per capita is $5,711. http://www.visualeconomics.com/healthcare-costs-around-the-world_2010-03-01/#ixzz12f0I1lbk In the U.K., with a Universal healthcare system in place, 92% of its citizens have no cost of healthcare because it is Publicly funded (meaning that the medical decisions are left to the patients and the doctors), where 8% of the population uses a private health care to mainly supplement the public service. “In United Kingdom, the annual cost of health care per capita is $2,317.” http://www.visualeconomics.com/healthcare-costs-around-the-world_2010-03-01/#ixzz12f6wTmBz

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