US Health Care Systems Strengths
American Intercontinental University
January 27, 2013
There is an opinion amid several Americans that regardless of coverage, price and other difficulties in the health care system, the eminence of health care in the United States is more superior than it is anyplace else in the world and there is a possibility that it may be threatened by restructuring of health care by President Obama. In addition to that, an article on Thomason Reuters, states that fifty-five percent of US citizens that was surveyed last year said claimed that American patients in American are provided with better care that people in ...view middle of the document...
And even with a broad set of comparative measures, people may differ on which measures are most important, for example, those focusing on the level of typical or average care for common conditions versus the care available for unusual, life threatening conditions.
As citizens here in the United States we are in a constant struggle with what is right and wrong in our world of health care, some countries seem as if they have it all together or at least a good health system going. This paper discusses the health care system of Italy and the other country is France.
Italy and USA Healthcare Systems
While analyzing health care in Italy it seems like they have a decent system going on. Here in the states we have the no child left behind act in schools, Italy has something similar they have a no one left behind system for health care. As a citizen in Italy you must maintain health coverage, whether it is private or nationwide. After you have been registered for health care, you are then given a health care card and number, this way you will be able to receive free medical visits in Italy. In spite of being both wealthy, developed countries, Italy and the United States have completely different approaches to health care.
Italy has an unrestricted, reinforced by the tax income, as well as a thriving private insurance market which is becoming a typical top up to the public "mutua". (WHO, 2008) In America, the public attention is imperfect to Medicare, and the private sector is the primary provider of health coverage to its citizens. In Italy, residents and businesses pay around 50% income tax and are supposed to get free health coverage from the State. (WHO, 2008) This is somewhat true when it comes to emergencies, but things can get very complicated especially if you have to seek the care of a specialist or if you have to buy prescription drugs.
With that being said the citizens of Italy who can afford it end up buying private coverage, similar to citizens of the United States, while continuing to pay for the public health care through taxes. Conversely, health costs in the U.S. are almost two times as high as in European countries. (DeNavas-Walt, Proctor and Smith, 2010) This is caused by a rather aggressive policy, distinctive of the U.S. Health System, where doctors carry out broad tests all the time, as well as to the tremendously high cost of physician visits and medical techniques. (DeNavas-Walt, Proctor and Smith, 2010) Essentially, since insurance companies pay directly to the medical providers, patients who have coverage do not have to worry about making payments, citizens do not look around for the best deal, but let the insurance companies take care of the costs.
France and USA Healthcare Systems
The World Health Organization stated that French had the best health care system in the world in 2002. (Rodin, 2003). The access to care for citizens of France is not limited to those in the US that is covered by insurance, but...