The United States : A Single Payer System

2041 Words Nov 29th, 2016 9 Pages
The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, yet the health care system is not something that the government wants to pay for. The United States has private insurers that pay for health insurance, instead of being a single-payer system like a majority of the world. A single-payer system is when the Government pays for the health insurance without the help of private insurers. Although it is not the best, health care in the United States has improved. An earlier practice of medicine was when anyone could perform medical needs like surgery. You did not need to pass any board exams or need a license. In the 1850s, there was a hospital system that was finally developed, but the only problem was that the care provides were untrained. In 1847 the American Medical Association, AMA, was created to set standards of medical education. Public health also changed in the 1800s with three important events happened. Those events included Edwin Chadwick, who founded one of the most important documents in public health, General Report on the Sanitary Condition of the Labouring Population of Great Britain. John Snow then did research and founded that the contaminated water in London was the cause of the cholera epidemic in London. And then, based of off Chadwick’s and Snow’s findings, Lemual Shattuck generated a public health law that is now the foundation of the public health movement. In the 1950s, there was government grants that helped support medical schools. In 1970,…
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