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Health Care Systems of the World

Comparative research done on various health care systems of the world that are ranked in the top.

Dorothy Winger

on 5 November 2014

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Transcript of Health Care Systems of the World

Comparing health care systems around the world.
Sadly, health care planning has often been evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
United States
Three criteria are used in judging the quality of a health care system:
*Quality of care
*Cost of care
*Access to care
Health care is essential to the well-being of a population. For a country to sustain the well being of their people, they must have a system in which health care is provided.
Sadly, health care planning has often been evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
So why is all of this really important?
In a "broken" health care system, uninsured people receive less medical care and less timely care, they have worse health outcomes, and their eventual care costs more.
What is the best way to build a health care system?
We'll compare the countries ranked top in the world for health care and find out facts about their health care systems
The US and Canada are similar:
-both offer private care providers
-both offer government insurance


-US includes a combination of both government and private care providers and insurances
-Canadian insurance, funded by taxes, covers all medically necessary care without cost to the patient (except prescriptions, dental, and eye care).
-Canadian doctors cannot bill patients directly or purchase equipment independently.
-US system is more responsive (faster and more willing to provide care). Canadians may wait months or years for services.

What is a reasonable wait time for a doctor appointment or surgery?
Canada has "universal coverage," but it is not "socialized care". It is public coverage for private delivery of care.

The government pays over 90% of all health care provided in Canada.
Government pays for about 40% of care provided in the US. Businesses pay for 50% of health care in the US
All German citizens and employers pay into a private non-profit health fund that covers the cost of health care. The unemployed are covered by government funds.

Pre-existing conditions and medically necessary care cannot be denied, but preventative care and follow-up services reduce deaths and hospital admissions.

German doctors are paid by the number of patients they see, not the number of procedures or tests performed.
They protested about being underpaid.
How do we attract good health care providers?
Great Britain has "socialized medicine."
The government pays for all health care insurance and provides the care providers and facilities.
The government decides what care is provided using a formula that includes the cost of the care, how much it will improve quality of life, and how long the person is likely to benefit from the care. Expensive cares, such as cancer treatments may be denied.
Care in the US is rated as more responsive than Great Britain.
How much is your health worth to you?
Spain is often cited as one of the best health care systems based on lower costs, lower infant mortality, and longer life span . . . but they do not gather statistics using the same definitions as the US and their population has a different ethnic makeup.
Is this a fair comparison?
Taiwan lowered administrative costs for health care by requiring all citizens to carry a card with all their health care information.
Would you be willing to give the government that much information?
What is a reasonable length of stay for basic procedures such as delivering a baby?
How do you measure a nation's health?
Should laws be able to require insurance?
Why do you think the US has higher costs and lower life expectancy?
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