Here is a very interesting piece of information concerning Healthcare Around the World.
Although this article was last updated on September 22, 2011, it has some very valid points to the subject of discussion as well as provides some information that is not commonly known.
The US is the only industrialized country that does not have universal health care for all its citizens. (As of the publication of this article 09.22.2011)
There are programs for the elderly, military service families, the disabled, children and some poor through programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and so on, but some 45 million Americans go uninsured each year while another 25 million Americans go “underinsured”. With the worsening global financial crisis hitting America hard, more are likely to lose medical insurance which is often associated with a job.
The US does, however, through Federal law provide public access to emergency services, regardless of ability to pay. However, the emergency services system has sometimes felt strain due to patients being unable to pay for emergency services and many who cannot afford regular health care either use emergency services for treatment, or let otherwise preventable conditions get worse, requiring emergency treatment.
The New York Times reports that life expectancy disparities are mirroring the widening incoming inequality in recent decades. Other health issues that are pronounced in the US, such as obesity, high cost of medical drugs, lack of access for large numbers of people, have been concerns for many years.
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