I think it’s very imperative to advocate for free healthcare for all in this country. When it comes to providing free healthcare to its citizens, United States lags in place after developed countries. The U.S. spends on about two and a half more on healthcare cost per person more than other developed nations; it spends about 17.5 percent of its GDP in 2010 more than any developed country. Yet, there are least physicians and hospital beds per person in the U.S. than other developed countries (Kane, 2012).
The reason for this discrepancy in cost for healthcare is that the cost for services provided in hospitals and other medical facilities is about three times more than the other developed nations. Physicians’ income are higher in the U.S. than these countries (Kane, 2012). The fact is also that these countries have regulations on how much hospitals and medical facilities can charge for medical services and the governments set a budget for hospitals how much they can charge. The U.S. ranks also highest among other nations with over testing and over treating. Tests ordered in the U.S. per patient is about twice as much in other countries (Kane, 2012).
Over testing and over treating in the U.S. could be attributed to several factors such as physicians being concerned of litigation by patients should something go wrong, or patients sometimes ask for extra testing so they can be an ease to make sure they got all necessary tests done. Also the more tests physicians ask for, the more physicians get paid.
Some argue that the U.S. leads other counties in research and have better healthcare in hospitals and lead the research in cancer treatments (Kane, 2012). Also, the time to receive treatments in the U.S. is an average much faster than other countries. The size and diversity of the health care system in the U.S. allowed for different experimental innovations to improve the health care system such as Medical Home model to coordinate care and to engage patients and families to reduce the expense of hospitalization (Kane, 2012).
The U.S could do better to promote healthy life styles and enforce strong policies that would limit alcohol and smoking such as increasing taxes and education to cut down on obesity as well.
Reference: Kane, J. (2012, October 22). Health Cost: How the US compares to other countries [ A Blog of News and Insight]. Retrieved September 27, 2017 from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/health-costs-how-the-us-compares-with-other-countries/