Examples Of Universal Healthcare

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Universal Health Care and the United States For most of us, we experience our health care system from the moment we are born. An argument could be made that we experience health care before being born, while still in the womb. In many cases, the subject of health care can literally be life and death, and at the very least, everyone in the country is affected by our health care system in some way at some point in their lives. Most other wealthy and industrialized countries have made significant progress toward having a universal health care system. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “The USA is currently the only high-income country without nearly universal health-care coverage” (Rice et al.). If the US stands out this…show more content…
A comparable example of government run health care is the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VHA is generally considered to be poorly managed, with many veterans having difficulties making appointments and long wait times. Opposition to a single-payer system suggest that the issues with the VHA are reason to believe that the same issues will be present with universal government run health care. Also, according to NCPA.org, “Most public insurance in this country is actually administered by private insurance companies” and “most people with public insurance are in private sector health plans” (Goodman). This means that many positive examples of organization and administration we’ve seen so far with our public health care options, such as Medicare and Medicaid, have actually been outsourced to be managed by private…show more content…
However, those in favor of universal health care suggest that isn’t the case because VHA doctors are directly employed by the government, but under a single-payer system, the doctors remain in private practice. According to PNHP.org, in a single-payer system, “the health care delivery system remains private. As opposed to a national health service, where the government employs doctors, in a national health insurance system, the government is billed, but doctors remain in private practice” (“Single-Payer Myths”). This means that the quality of service should not be affected by the government because they are not managing the health care services provided, they are only being billed for the
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