Essay on United States Health Care Issues and Trends

3089 Words Mar 30th, 2012 13 Pages
Executive Summary
The United States continues to spend significantly more on health care than any country in the world; however, even though with this statistic the United States has a lot of uninsured and does not have the healthiest citizens. The lack of universal healthcare coverage in the United States has been a forefront issue. With the overwhelming amount of uninsured Americans and the past unsuccessful efforts of health care reform, the possibility of universal health care seemed to be very unlikely. The new healthcare reform bill that was recently passed under Obama’s administration anticipates covering 30 more million of the uninsured (Riegelman, 2010). However, this bill does not offer universal healthcare. While excellent
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In 2007 this number no has rose to $6,500 per person each year. The U.S. spends substantially more on health care than other developed countries. As of 2004, health spending in the U.S. was about 90 percent higher than in many other industrialized countries. Sixteen percent of the U.S. economy is devoted to health care (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2007). Being without medical insurance is synonymous with a lack of access to medical care. In the absence of a coherent, all-encompassing national health policy, such as universal coverage, Americans, under the age of 65 and above the low-income mark, face the necessity of obtaining some sort of private health insurance. The United Kingdom’s program that reviews the effectiveness of health technologies can be used to a degree in the US system. The soaring costs of healthcare due to the inefficient use of technology, especially radiological imaging, has hampered our system. Caution is needed however, as American patients and physicians would not appreciate having healthcare decisions being made by a government agency.
One of the issues that is widely discussed and debated concerning the United States economy is healthcare system. Unlike in the majority of developed and developing countries, the healthcare system in the United States is run through a more capitalistic design. The Israeli system of using general taxation to fund their healthcare system would make more sense than taxing employers as taxing employers would not

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