Other health care systems of the world
Over a long period now, insurance companies and other stakeholders have lived with the notion that the U.S. has the best health care system in the world. However, a recent study comparing the U.S. with other world health care systems has established that over 40 million Americans are without health insurance. In their study, Broyles & Narine (971-973) established the measurements by which a good system was compared to a bad system. Among the factors were: generally good health with relatively low infant mortality rate; equitable distribution or emergency responsiveness across the nation; high levels of response when contacted; fair distribution of health costs depending on the ability to pay and a fair distribution of relatively good health. According to the findings, the U.S. stood out as the most expensive health care system.
The physical health of a country’s population is an important indicator of how well the government is performing. The less developed countries at most times suffer from the lack of trained personnel and professionals and as such prefer to limit rather than outsource health care services. Alternatively, internationally recognized organizations such as WHO have come to the rescue of such states. Contrary to common belief, research conducted to compare health care systems in the countries of the world has established that U.S. is the most expensive health care system.
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