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You will need to come up with citations and references for this this paper was submitted without due to illness and the desire to meet deadline Even still the content was excellent resulting in a 98 The Best and Worst of Two Systems The issue of health care delivery and management between the United States and other countries provides us with evidence that not all systems are created equally nor does any system meet the needs of each member of society Taking a look at various factors related to the health care delivery and management in the United States versus that which is available to residents of Canada might suggest that while the United States would like to boast of the care available to its citizens as being exceptional the opposite may be true Canada offers health care to every resident meaning no one is left feeling hopeless as they face illness or in their striving to prevent illnesses In the United States however millions remain uninsured or underinsured Could the differences between the two systems explain why Canadian s have longer life expectancies than American s Can we even begin to make sense of that fact when we consider Canadian s spend only about half as much as American s on health care What is working or not working within these systems Perhaps Canada has found the answer many American s have been seeking with regard to health care Canadian residents receive health care which is funded through taxes including payroll personal cooperate sales and territory taxes While it is true that three Canadian provinces do charge premiums for health care if the individual is unable to pay the premium they are not denied services This example is much like the emergency level treatment available in the United States although one would reasonably assume the cost of service would be greatly in ated for the American seeking treatment through the hospital emergency room Whereas in Canada the individual would be able to receive regular care from their provider without the additional costs of emergency room visits The Canadian system ensures each member of society is able to receive much needed health care services regardless of socioeconomic status In addition patients are free to choose their providers individually without the addition hassle of HMO or FPO requirements often experienced by the American insured These HMO and FPO programs limit the individual s choice with regard to who he or she feels comfortable receiving services from the convenience of location of the providers available through the specific program and often times face scrutiny about the quality of care provided under these programs Individual s enrolled in HMO programs often report difficulty getting in to receive services from the provider are not admitted to the hospital as easily as other programs and if they are admitted tend to be released sooner than those in other programs and tend to report some degree of dissatisfaction with the care received However because these HMO programs are more pocketbook friendly to the individual they often are willing to sacrifice these important aspects of their health care program to save strain on the finances Again could the answer be care for all American s funded through taxes with cost of care regulated by our government Medicare is one health care option available to both Canadian residents and United States citizens The difference between the programs begins with the United States which fails to ensure people under Medicare until they are elderly In contrast Canada s Medicare coverage applies to all individuals at the time of birth thus allowing for more comprehensive health care throughout the individual s lifetime While the United States offers health care through a variety of options which include specialized practices inpatient and outpatient care nursing home and home health care these services are not available to all citizens of the country Those living in Canada see these same services available with the difference that these services are available to each resident due to the Canadian health care policy Perhaps one of the greatest hindrances to American s who do not have a similar health care plan as that offered to Canadian citizens is the ability to seek care for preventative measures Those who have little or no insurance are less likely to visit the doctor because they simply cannot afford to do so Common sense then is all one needs to understand the negative health consequences as early diagnosis is missed in many diseases which may require extensive treatment often high in cost or even result in death If all American s were afforded the ability to seek care when necessary or simply receive annual checkups the quality of life for many American s might be greatly increased in little time The United States is not lacking completely in its plan to provide health care especially with regard to the elderly who receive coverage under the Medicare program and the low income families who are eligible for medical assistance trough the Medicaid programs Medicaid has allowed those who struggle at or below poverty level to obtain health care on a somewhat limited basis but the program has its aws Not all providers will accept Medicaid because the funds received for services are often far less than what private insurance or patient out of pocket expenses would be for the same services Therefore many individuals seeking care under the Medicaid program often find difficulty finding a qualified provider who is able to provide adequate care for their individual needs In addition Medicaid covers only basic health care in the majority of cases which also limits the effectiveness of the program Overall the United States could learn a thing or two from Canada with regard to health care services and management By ensuring each member of a society is able to receive health care regardless of status or ability to pay we will see a healthier stronger and more united America whose citizens will be able to enjoy longer lives than the current life expectancy rates Some would balk about paying more taxes to provide this care but these same individuals posing their objections need to understand the benefit of the whole Regulations about services and costs of services would ensure everyone seeking care was receiving equal quality care In doing this we then eliminate the best of care only being available to the wealthy while the poor seemingly deemed less worthy suffer illness and despair over their inability to receive what should be one s right as an American
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