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
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.
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