U.S. Healthcare vs Canada and India

1852 Words Mar 27th, 2013 8 Pages
Grade Recieved - "A"

Despite the documented challenges that the U.S. health care system faces, it also enjoys a number of advantages over other systems around the world.

Choose 2 other countries from around the world and discuss the strengths of the U.S. health care system as compared to these countries from an administrator’s and a third-party payer’s perspectives.
In your answer, be sure to not only discuss each strength, but provide an explanation as to why you feel the United States has this advantage over the other countries you chose.

Abstract
United States has many strengths and weaknesses within the healthcare system. In this case, we are going to focus on the strengths of the healthcare system in the United States
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In principle, they should be able to get comprehensive, free, publicly financed and publicly provided healthcare. In practice, individuals have to pay a significant amount of funds out-of-pocket to obtain any healthcare and it is often the main source of healthcare, even for the poor. The major problem, they have within the healthcare industry is the lack of government funding and the total expenditure on health per capita is $109, compared to the $7290 per capita in the United States. Healthcare consumes 4.9% of India’s GDP versus the 16% in the United States. The outcomes equal long lines, fewer facilities and inefficient staff. The supply of healthcare in India is on par with that in sub-Saharan African countries. According to the World Bank, 75% of all health expenditures is in the private sector, where 90% of healthcare costs are paid out-of-pocket. Public spending on healthcare in India is one of the lowest in the world. With a 20% of healthcare expenditure is in the public sector. The lack of investment in public health care actually means that India has fewer hospitals and fewer physicians. Because of the fact they have fewer hospitals and fewer physicians, it means the public has reduced access to healthcare. In practical terms, what it means is the public hospitals with a physician is not very close to the individual that needs to be treated and would have to travel long distance in order to receive treatment. When a patient reaches