Health Care System
A country's health care system should offer affordable medical care to its citizens. The ability of the system to fulfill this mandate is dependent on financing. The system of finance includes revenue going into the health care system and money going out to reimburse health care providers. The source of the polarizing debates on the efficiency of a health care system often centers on the reimbursement of funds to service providers. Service providers in the United States charge exorbitant fees for medical services. In other countries like Canada and the United Kingdom, the cost of treating patients is much lower than in the United States.
A point of disconnect emerges when one analyzes what each citizen is paying for. Amongst the developed donations, the United States spends the largest proportion of its GDP on health care expenditure. Part of the high costs are due to numerous tests and medical research. The United States is a world leader in medical research. In addition, they also attract the best talent from all over the globe. Looking at other developed nations, they excel in providing standard care. The cost of a heart or kidney transplant in Canada and the United Kingdom are much lower than in the United States. If one goes to India, the cost is even much lower. In as much as Canada, the United Kingdom and India provide affordable care they do not necessarily provide the best care. This is because they do not divert a significant proportion of their health care revenue towards medical research.
An average American pays a lot more for his health care than any other citizen from the developed nations. The high costs ensure a lot more tests than a Canadian, and care from the best surgeons who are using the best equipment and tools in their field. A British or Canadian citizen argues that standard care in their country is quite affordable. Most common ailments like a common cold, stomach bug, or minor surgery are practically free. This is not the case in the United States. Major surgery is also quite affordable when compared to the United States. The average American may differ; as aforementioned, affordable care is not necessarily the best care. In essence, there appears to be no middle ground in this debate. What one country considers an ideal health care system is quite different from how another country perceives the same system.