Healthcare Around the World Essay

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Healthcare Around the World
When someone gets sick or injured they expect to receive medical care, whether it be as a public or private practice. We tend to think that most everyone has some type of health insurance to cover the expensive costs of medical care but in reality there are many who cannot afford such. The universal challenge has been how to get medical coverage for everyone around the world, but is this ideal too radical? Each country has its own pros-and-cons with health care plans. The United States, among others, have just recently reformed our own. There are many types of medical coverage around the world that still face the endless rising costs, as well as the lack of accessibility to public and/or private health care.
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This type of model is considered a “Single Payer National Health Service.” Many other countries like New Zealand and Hong Kong have adopted this model or a similar variation in regards to their own healthcare (Reid).
The “Bismarck Model” was found in Germany by Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck who invented the welfare state as part of the unification of Germany in the 19th century. This model uses an insurance system that is referred to as a “sickness fund” supported by the employer and the employee through a company. To finance this fund Germans pay 8 % of their salary into a sickness fund. Doctors receive quarterly income based on how many patients they see. There is still public assistance in place for those who cannot afford this type insurance plan and for children. This also falls back under the coverage from taxpayer’s funds, (Reid, Edmonds). France ranks in number one out of 200 countries for healtcare servcies as they spend a lot of money on preventive care; most citizens have a private plan to cover sublimental cost. Switerland provides private plans, as well, that are not set up through an employer. If a person is unable to afford insurance they will be provided with a subsidy by the government. These private health plans are not aloud to make a profit on health care, which helps keep cost down (Edmonds). This model varies per country but is based primarly on this type

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