Health Care Financing / Delivery Term Paper

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WHO rates France as having the best healthcare ("World Health," 2000). In addition to universal healthcare, France also has non-profit supplementary providers, which means that the government subsidizes 70% of regular expenses but pays 100% of more expensive or long-term treatment plans (Sandier, Paris, & Polton, 2004). Money for subsidies comes from mandatory earnings contributions such as 5.25% salary, capital income, and gambling winnings (Sandier, 2004).

An argument that often arises is that people say they don't want the government deciding what medical procedures they can have. However, decisions regarding what procedures are covered by a particular health plan are made by the healthcare insurance companies, which are for-profit ("Insurance Verification," n.d.). Many people are denied treatment regardless of the illness. As already mentioned, some of the other nations with universal healthcare have supplementary plans in addition to the government plans that allow the patient more choice.

There are many arguments against, yet different methods for establishing universal healthcare coverage in the U.S. In fact, in the U.S., taxes already pay for more than 60% of U.S. health
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spending (woodhandler, 2002). Americans pay the highest health care taxes in the world. Citizens actually do pay for universal health coverage but don't receive it (woodhandler, 2002). Clearly, there is no reason why a universal health care system cannot work in the U.S.

References:

Carrasquillo, O., Himmelstein, DU.,Woodhandler, S., Bor, DH. (1999). A Reappraisal of Private Employers' Role in Providing Health Insurance. NEJM, 340(1), 109-114.

"Insurance Verification & Eligibility Services." (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.globaledgeusa.com/insurance_verification_eligibility_services/

Mahon, Mary. (2010, June 23). U.S. ranks last among 7 countries on health system performance. EurkAlert. Retrieved from http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-06/cf-url062210.php

Reid, T.R. (Producer). (2008, April 15). Frontline: Sick around the world [Television broadcast]. New York: Central Broadcasting Service.

Sandier, S., Paris, V., Polton, D.. (2004). WHO Health care systems in transition: France (WHO) retrieved from http://www.euro.who.int/document/e83126.pdf

"World Health Organization assesses world's health systems." (June 2000). Retrieved from http://www.photius.com/rankings/who_world_health_ranks.html

Woolhandler, S., Himmelstein, DU. (2002). Paying for National Health Insurance -- and Not Getting it. Health Affairs, 21(4), 88-98.

Woolhandler, S., Campbell, T., Himmelstein, DU. (2003). Costs of Health Administration in the U.S. And Canada. NEJM, 349(8), 768-775.

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References:

Carrasquillo, O., Himmelstein, DU.,Woodhandler, S., Bor, DH. (1999). A Reappraisal of Private Employers' Role in Providing Health Insurance. NEJM, 340(1), 109-114.

"Insurance Verification & Eligibility Services." (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.globaledgeusa.com/insurance_verification_eligibility_services/

Mahon, Mary. (2010, June 23). U.S. ranks last among 7 countries on health system performance. EurkAlert. Retrieved from http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-06/cf-url062210.php

Reid, T.R. (Producer). (2008, April 15). Frontline: Sick around the world [Television broadcast]. New York: Central Broadcasting Service.

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