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Comparing the U.S. Healthcare System to Other Nations
An examination of the Healthcare Reform Act, including a comparison of the U.S. healthcare system to the systems in Italy, Denmark and Australia.
# 152259 | 2,018 words | 14 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 20, 2013 in Medical and Health (General)


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Description:

The paper discusses H.R. 3200, the Healthcare Reform Act that includes many provisions addressing the financial, administrative, patient care and technology aspects of healthcare. The paper compares the features of this Act to the healthcare systems in Italy, Denmark and Australia, focusing on acute care, preventive care, prescription drugs, long-term care, primary care and physician choice, patient copayments/deductibles, access to care, and the use of medical and information technology in healthcare, and includes a comparison in a tabular format. The paper suggests that the U.S. should look at paying physicians on a capitation basis rather than the current fee-for-service model of the U.S. system since this would encourage them to focus on more holistic and preventative healthcare.

Outline:
U.S. Healthcare Reform Bill
Comparison with Other Nations

From the Paper:

"In March 2010, the US Congress passed H.R. 3200 - America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, aka the Healthcare Reform Act. The Healthcare Reform Act (the Act) includes many provisions addressing the financial, administrative, patient care and technology aspects of healthcare. In certain elements the Act is similar to models already in use in other countries, such as Australia, Italy and Denmark.
"One notable aspect of the Act is the number of provisions aimed at protecting individuals from losing coverage or being denied insurance coverage. In countries where guaranteeing medical treatment to all citizens has been a feature of their systems for decades, issues of regulating the behavior of insurance plans is a non-issue. Additionally, the Act includes elements that will support employers in providing coverage, and outlining various subsidies and programs to support citizens in obtaining health care. These features of the Act can to a certain extent be considered as establishing "parity" with the systems of other nations, with the goal being to close the gap for the uninsured. The result is that the Health Reform Act will "expand coverage to 32 million people who are currently uninsured, resulting in healthcare coverage for 95% of Americans." (Gabbatt, 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • H.R. 3200 - America's Affordable Health Care Choice Act of 2009, (2010). The Library of Congress. Retrieved from http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.3200:
  • Civitas (2002). Background Briefing: Healthcare Lessons From Denmark. Paper presented to Nordic Health Economists Study Group. Retrieved 26 April, 2010 from http://www.civitas.org.uk/pdf/Denmark.pdf
  • Davis, K. et al. (2007). Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: An International Update on the Comparative Performance of American Health Care, The Commonwealth Fund.
  • Doty, P. (1990). Dispelling Some Myths: A Comparison of Long-Term Care Financing in the U.S. and Other Nations. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved 27 April, 2010 from http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/dispmyth.htm
  • Gabbatt, A. (2010). Q&A: USA Healthcare Reform Bill. The Guardian, 22 March, 2010. Retrieved from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/22/us-healthcare-reform-bill-details

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