The United States And Universal Health Care

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The United States and Universal Health Care: Should the U.S. Make the Switch? The United States has one of the largest, most complex health care systems in the world. Although the U.S. is among the wealthiest nations in the world, it is far from the healthiest and falls behind other developed nations in terms of healthcare. Mexico and the United States are the only members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which has 34 members in total, which do not have universal health care (“Should All Americans Have the Right to Health Care?” 2015). Health coverage in the United States is provided through both private and public insurance and not automatically provided to everyone. About a fifth of America’s gross domestic product goes towards healthcare spending which is more than the Netherlands, France, Germany, Canada and Switzerland spend (Brodwin 2014). Health outcomes in these nations are also far better that the U.S. in many areas such as health outcomes, quality and efficiency. In a study done by the Commonwealth Fund, “The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance” (Davis, Stremikis, Squires, & Schoen 2014). People in the United Sates spend more money per person on health care than any other nation, yet they still have many health disadvantages and below average health outcomes…
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