QI 101 Lesson 2: Health Care Today
If you need emergency open-heart surgery, the United States is a great place to be. But if you’ve got diabetes, you’re better off in many other countries. The US is second to none at complicated, high-tech interventions, but it falls short in many other dimensions. It spends twice as much on health care as other rich countries yet leaves millions of Americans uninsured. It’s a nation founded on the notion of equality — but poor Americans get worse care than the rich do. In this lesson, you’ll learn how the ideal US health care system matches up to the reality of it. You’ll also see how health systems around the world are facing similar challenges and how countries can study and learn from one another.
Estimated Time of Completion: 20 minutes
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Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. Compare the US health care system to those of other countries with respect to quality, equity, and cost.
2. Describe common challenges for health care systems around the world.
3. List examples of the need and opportunity for change in health care in the US.
Contributors
Author(s):
Robert Lloyd, PhD, Executive Director Performance Improvement, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Sandra Murray, MA, Improvement Advisor, CT Concepts View Profile
Lloyd Provost, MS, Statistician, Associates in Process Improvement View Profile
Editor(s):
Deepa Ranganathan, Content Manager, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Jane Roessner, PhD, Writer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Requirements
You must be a registered IHI.org user to take this lesson.
You must achieve a minimum score of 75% to successfully complete this lesson.