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This paper explores the similarities and differences between the health care systems in the United States and Germany, and explains that Germany operates the oldest universal health care system in the world, whereas the United States runs a for-profit system. The paper compares these two systems, highlights both their strengths and weaknesses and discusses their respective efforts to improve the system. In the author's opinion, the United States' health care reform efforts that have focused on expanding coverage and reducing costs, will prove to be a superior system to the one provided under the German universal coverage system.
From the Paper:"The US health care system relies on private medical providers and private health insurance to meet the needs of its citizens. The government intervenes in some cases, providing for the indigent and the elderly through its Medicaid and Medicare programs. This mix of public-private health insurance is uniquely American. The private insurance system, however, fails to insurance an estimated 42.6 million Americans (University of Maine, 2001), subject to the impacts of the newly-signed health care reform package.
"For those with insurance, there are often limits on the choice of health care provider, the result of managed competition by which the insurance provider limits the number of covered providers. Patients paying out of pocket have no such limitations. Health care coverage may be purchased by the individual, but is typically provided by employers. As such, health care coverage in the United States tends not to be portable between jobs. However, since almost all large companies provide health coverage to their employees, there is de facto portability for many workers."
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