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The Best and Worst of Two Systems Your name Axia College of University of Phoenix
Every resident of Canada who needs services has access to them.S. removing income barriers to accessibility. everyone in Canada receives healthcare.S. By contrast.S. residents have a shorter life expectancy than Canadians. MedHunters (1996-2008) states that “[s]ince 1962. Canada has had a governmentfunded. the United States believes that private insurance plans should provide healthcare. no matter their financial status. A review of the two healthcare systems will help in understanding what does not and does work for these two systems. For example. while Canadians come to the U. and administered publicly . covering services comprehensively.The best and worst 2 The Best and Worst of Two Systems Although Canada and the United States are physically close. Though both approaches differ in their views on the management and delivery of healthcare. travel to Canada for care. for care. the United States has a reputation for exceptional care. but the system is very restricted and uses individual’s financial abilities as the determination of their access to that care. but may encounter crowded hospitals and extensive waiting lists. For example. Many in the United States believe Canada may have found the solution to universal healthcare. national healthcare system founded on the five basic principles of the Canada Health Act.” These five principles are as follows: providing a system of healthcare that is available universally to permanent residents. Perhaps they may also explain why U. Perhaps these differences may explain why citizens of the U. they both have benefits and drawbacks concerning meeting the needs of all parties. portability within and outside of Canada. they have entirely different views about the delivery methods of healthcare. with assistance from the government as needed.
but they are not denied the healthcare they require if they cannot pay. and they often have a harder time being able to see a doctor or other healthcare provider. Residents of Canada receive the majority of their healthcare via funding that comes from corporate and personal taxes. The people who live within an area are the basis for these decisions. acute care hospitals. 1996-2008). The United States’ healthcare system is based upon government assistance for people who qualify—such as Medicare and Medicaid—and private insurance for all others who can pay for it. millions of Americans are either underinsured or completely uninsured. that province is likely to open more facilities for assisted living. to meet those needs. those who could not pay the premiums would visit a healthcare setting for treatment similar to a United States emergency room. admission to hospitals can be more difficult. but the bill would be significantly less than what one would receive in the U. Canadians can see any doctor they wish and not have the additional complications that PPOs and HMOS add to the medical experience for people in the United States. and long-term care homes. who are often limited by their insurance plans as to who they are able to see and the geographical area(s) in which they can seek treatment (EzineArticles. has a marked need for care of the elderly. For people in the United States who are enrolled in health insurance programs like these. Policies regarding the delivery of healthcare and fees charged by doctors are determined by Canada’s territories and provinces (MedHunters. As a result. In such situations. If a province. patients are not restricted as to which doctor they can see. for example. In some provinces. As long as the doctor is within the same province.S. residents are charged premiums for their healthcare needs. .(¶2). 2009). satisfaction with the healthcare they receive is likely to be less. As opposed to the United States.
such as home healthcare. U. as Canadians do. When looking for medical care in the United States. which is a benefit for them.According to MedHunters (1996-2009). and nursing home care. One of the biggest disadvantages Americans face is the inability to seek or receive care before health problems before exacerbated or drastic. the U. 60. The Medicaid program is for people at or below the poverty level. Rising costs of healthcare is another aspect in the nation’s healthcare coverage quagmire. specialized practices.4% of the population was covered by employment-based health insurance. . has some of the best treatments—for those who can afford them. The US Census Bureau reports that in 2003. As stated by MedHunters (1996-2008).S. citizens who are below the poverty line or are elderly have access to healthcare services through government assistance programs.6% had no health insurance at all” (¶1). not all citizens have access nor can all citizens afford it. and who live in an appropriate location. and combined these limit the extent of care that a person is able or willing to receive.S. as opposed to postponing treatment. Despite the numerous options in healthcare.6% was covered by government-based insurance. In addition. “Patients who have adequate insurance. can receive the best healthcare in the world [here in America]” (¶13). Both the United States’ and Canada’s systems of healthcare do have flaws that need addressing. residents have a difficult time. 26. Perhaps Americans could have a greater quality of life if they were able to receive care when needed. outpatient and inpatient care. “The US has several types of privately and publicly funded health insurance plans that provide healthcare services. People with little to no insurance are much less likely to see a physician thanks to the associated medical expenses. while 15. Medicare is available for people over the age of 65.
the problems of that system may make them just as disadvantaged as people in the United States.7 weeks” (¶1). In addition to the lengthy waiting periods. are immense. Currently. . healthier country and citizens with longer and healthier lives. would lead to a stronger. they must also deal with problems inherent in a universal healthcare system. long waiting periods. an improper quantity of equipment needed. and higher infection risks. The healthcare system has been plagued by waiting periods that were established for people seeking Canadian care. The United States does need to consider changing the current management of the healthcare system and the services it provides. regardless of financial and social status. Ensuring that every citizen has access to adequate healthcare. The National Center for Policy Analysis 2009 said that “the most recent edition of ‘Waiting Your Turn: Hospital Waiting Lists In Canada.’ found the median wait from the time a patient was referred by a general practitioner until the time he or she actually received treatment was 17. Canadians have doctor unavailability. and overcrowded hospitals.Although Canadians have endless access to healthcare services and virtually restrictions upon whom they visit for these services. Although Canadians may benefit more thanks to the universal healthcare system. Hospital overcrowding is leading to emergency crews that are unavailable. The benefits of Canada’s system. I believe that the establishment of quality care availability for all is more important than allowing only the wealthy to benefit from healthcare and leaving others to suffer in poor health. though flawed. once patients are in hospitals they discover they are uncomfortable and overcrowded.
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