Health insurance comparisons of three countries: United States, United Kingdom and Canada

As stated earlier, the United States health system is the most costly still the most incompetent in the world as compared to the developed countries.

The United States health system depicts absence of universal health insurance coverage. While other developed countries has accessibility of care through universal health Insurance systems and better ties between the patients and the physician practices that serve as their long-term Medical home. The United States is unable to access to care and equity in health care between the population, which is above average and below average incomes.

Moreover the United States also lags behind in adoption of technology and other national policies that promote quality improvement in the country. The management of chronic conditions and better coordination of care are also the two basis where United States is unable able to compete with the other developed countries.

The information system in the United Kingdom and Canada enhance the ability of physicians to monitor chronic conditions and medication use. The health system in these countries routinely employs non-physicians clinicians such as nurses to help managing patients with the chronic diseases.

The only area where in United States health care system performs well is the preventive care system. This is one area, which has been closely monitored for over decades by the managed care plans.

In the nutshell, the United States is unable to deliver healthy lives, and provide with the provisions of care that are safe and coordinated, accessible, efficient and equitable. The two developed countries United Kingdom and Canada spend consistently and considerably less on health care per person and as percentage of gross domestic product as compared to the United States.

The findings depict that the health care system can still perform better in achieving better value for the nation’s substantial investment in health. Many United States hospitals and health systems are dedicated in improving the process of care.

They are even trying to achieve better safety and quality. Still these hospitals and health care systems can learn from innovations from the other countries regarding public reporting of quality data, payment systems that reward high quality care and a team approach to the management of the chronic disease patients.

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