Comparing Health Care in the US, UK, and Canada Comparison Essay by Nicky

Comparing Health Care in the US, UK, and Canada
An analytical comparison of the health care systems in the US, UK, and Canada and a discussion of nationalized health care in general.
# 128526 | 3,802 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 26, 2010 in Political Science (U.S.) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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This paper provides a detailed overview of the health care systems in the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, and the United States (US), including the perceptions of the citizen who experience the highest degree of illness. In response to the question of whether nationalized health care can be a public good, the paper states that when dealing with the concept of universal or nationalized health care, where a government has decided that all or nearly all citizens have a right to access care and it is funded through some form of government compensation program, health care then becomes a non-excludable public good that can be consumed by multiple consumers. The author also shares personal experience of health care in the US, and suggests how the situation would have been handled differently in the UK or Canada. The paper concludes that the true test will be if the plan can find a balance between the high rates of patient satisfaction found in nationalized plans, without sacrificing the choice and arguable benefits of a relatively open market system.

Purpose of Paper
A Framework for Comparison
Literature Review
Overview of the Canadian System
Health System View Among Sicker Adults
Great Britain
Overview of the United Kingdom's National Health Service
Health System View Among Sicker Adults
United States
Overview of the System
Health System View Among Sicker Adults
Can Nationalized Health Care Be A Public Good?
Personal Experience
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"As the number of uninsured citizens grows increasingly closer to 50 million, which is approximately 15% of the population, improved health care coverage has dominated the American political debate, (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2006). Understanding the benefits and disadvantages of nationalizing certain aspects of the American health care and health insurance markets is a topic that should interest many Americans, as it could impact on how we seek health care for many years to come. Several of the perceived advantages to expanding coverage through some form of government plan are; access to health care that is currently unavailable to the uninsured; a perceived reduction in costs to the consumer, and a higher satisfaction with the level of health care delivered. All of these seem to be desirable objectives. However, the quest for these improvements may lead to several substantial negative side effects. Increasing health care coverage for US citizens through some form of an interlinked state or federal plan could lead to a reduction in efficiency of the current largely private health insurance market by reducing competition. Therefore, these changes may simply alter how health care is rationed in the US by moving from monetary to time rationing."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Appleby, J. (2006, August 29). Ranks of uninsured Americans grow. Retrieved November 1, 2007, from USA Today:
  • BBC. (2007, May 22). How the healthcare system works in England. Retrieved November 1, 2007, from BBC:
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (2006, August 29). The Number of Uninsured Americans is at an all time high. Retrieved November 12, 2007, from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
  • Commonwealth Fund/Harvard/Harris Interactive. (2002). 2002 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy of Sicker Adults. New York, NY: Commonwealth Fund.
  • Kaul, I. (2000, June 1). Global Public Goods. Retrieved November 1, 2007, from LeMonde Diplomatique:

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