Sick Around the World Video Analysis Essay

894 Words Sep 7th, 2010 4 Pages
What does “universal health care mean? Which countries in the film have universal health care? “Universal healthcare" or "universal coverage" refers to a scenario where everyone is covered for basic healthcare services, and no one is denied care as long as they are legal residents in the geography covered. Countries that have universal health care coverage are United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and Taiwan. Although all five countries that was discussed in the video “Sick Around the World”, have universal healthcare coverage, each health care policy are uniquely designed to meet the needs of the people. The United Kingdom provides public healthcare to all UK permanent residents may receive free health care …show more content…
Employers who choose to offer employees health insurance can receive tax cuts of up to 35% of premiums this year, and up to 50% in 2014. More than 60% of small employers will be eligible for these tax cuts. Starting this year, children will no longer be denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions, and adults with pre-existing conditions will have access to a temporary high-risk insurance pool. Starting in 2014, discrimination against pre-existing conditions will be banned completely. In 2007, 62% of all bankruptcies filed in the United States were linked to medical expenses. Health reform will prevent bankruptcies by capping annual out-of-pocket costs for families who receive insurance through the exchanges or a small business.

In the United States, insurance companies can deny coverage to people who are sick or who have "pre-existing conditions," and they can make a profit. How do these two factors impact American health care?

A pre-existing condition is a health problem that existed before you apply for a health insurance policy or enroll in a new health plan. A pre-existing condition is a health problem that existed before you apply for a health insurance policy or enroll in a new health plan. A pre-existing condition can be something as common and as serious as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and asthma. These are some chronic health problems that affect a large portion of
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