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health care in great britain

The healthcare system in the United States and Britain are different and many in ways. The purpose of the healthcare system should be to satisfy the needs and preferences of the individual patient who are ill but many countries have a different approach. One of the biggest differences in the two healthcare systems is that in the U. S healthcare is considered private; on the other hand Great Britain has a universal healthcare system. Healthcare is funded and provided for individuals in many countries all over the world. The different structures in each system can be an advantage or a disadvantage and can sometimes be complex.

Many critics have debated the issue of health care for centuries but not one country has yet built a system that has not one complaint. Great Britain has had a universal healthcare system since the birth of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948. The birth of the NHS has resulted in healthcare being provided to the population free and fairly. Great Britain has a healthcare system that has a single payer which is the federal government and is funded by taxpayers. Even though health insurance is free the citizens still have the option of choosing a private insurer like Americans.

According to a recent article in the Times Magazine Its citizens have a longer life expectancy and lower infant mortality than U. S citizens. (Harell, 2009). There are many differences amongst the two countries, unlike Great Britain the United States healthcare system is considered private. In Great Britain the healthcare system provides universal care for its population. Despite the U. S healthcare system being private, federal and state agencies are increasingly involved in U. S. health care spending. It was found that “70% of the United States population is enrolled in private health insurance plans, mostly through their employers. (Holtz, 2008). In Great Britain even though they have a choice to private insurance majority of use of the universal healthcare system which is more affordable. Many Britons take advantage of private insurers in order to get better quality care and for reduce waiting times. Another difference in the two healthcare systems is that in Great Britain there are no deductibles and close to no copayments except for small co payment associated with prescription drugs. The similarities of the two healthcare systems are that both countries have an organized healthcare system although they are organized in a differently.

All citizens in each country are treated by physicians in an attempt to heal and treat the sick. Also both healthcare systems use preventive medicine as a way to improve the overall health of all citizens. Another similarity amongst the two is that there are many citizens in each country that share the same opinion on the quality of the care that is provided. According to a study it shows that the views of Americans on the quality of medical care in their country are not overly different from those in Great Britain — 48% of Americans, 52% of Canadians, and 42% of Britons say they are satisfied. Blizzard, 2003) Before researching Great Britain Health care system I have always thought that universal healthcare was the best choice. After the reading my opinion about both systems gradually changed. The United States healthcare system is not considered the most affordable but there is quality care. Many of my reasons for wanting to live in a country with universal healthcare are because of the lack of health coverage for citizens in the United States.

There are 40 million Americans who lack healthcare coverage in the U. S due to high premiums and expensive health insurance plans. Holtz, 2010) This is an alarming number and I have always wonder how different things would be if healthcare was free in the United States. Due to the universal healthcare in Great Britain many medical professionals appear to forget they are in being paid by the people they serve and the level of service is low compared to the quality of care found in the USA for those who can afford the insurance premiums, so there are huge advantages and disadvantages to both systems. Even though I would prefer every American to receive free and fair healthcare, I will also want all the citizens of the U.

S to receive quality care. If I could implement any part of Great Britain’s Healthcare system into the U. S healthcare system I would incorporate a new plan allows all children and senior citizens not to pay any fees for prescriptions and medications. This would be my choice because the elderly and children are the ones who have the most visits to the doctors and who are charged the most for their medications and prescriptions. Since I am unable to make any changes I would rather keep the one we have for now because I have learned that every system has a disadvantage and many complaints.

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