Recently I came across an article by Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute title “The Grass is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the World.” I figured that the article would be a highly biased piece of writing which would show that the U.S. healthcare system is great and the universal health care systems of Western Europe are horrible. While the article does tend to highlight some of the drawbacks of centralized, planned medical care, the article has a well-researched, thorough review of the health care systems of many countries. For the next week or so, I will be summarizing the health care systems in some of these countries. How do these health care systems operate? Which countries have the “best” health care systems? What are the pros and cons of each system? I hope you find these summaries enlightening. The link to all the summaries can be found here. The countries who’s health care systems I will discuss are: France, … [Read more...] about Health Care Around the World: An Introduction ” Healthcare Economist
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Universal health coverage in Africa: where is civil society? Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development Author : Biodun AwosusiBiodun Awosusi is a technical officer on the Program to Build Leadership and Accountability in Nigeria’s Health System (PLAN Health) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at Management Sciences for Health A strong civil society is essential for realizing the lofty goal of achieving universal health coverage (UHC). While the ongoing global discussions around UHC have largely focused on the role of government and development partners in designing and implementing risk pooling mechanisms that have the potential to improve access to essential health services, there has been little discussion on the key role that local civil society organizations (CSOs) play to ensure various communities support UHC and hold governments accountable.Key global, regional and national stakeholders have endorsed … [Read more...] about Universal health coverage in Africa: where is civil society?
Health Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Dr. Jacklyn Adella speaks with the father of a girl being treated for wounds after she was kicked by a horse. Tim Matsui for NPR hide caption toggle caption Tim Matsui for NPR Dr. Jacklyn Adella speaks with the father of a girl being treated for wounds after she was kicked by a horse. Tim Matsui for NPR It was mid-morning and many chairs beside the outpatient clinic were uncharacteristically vacant. "I think people waited because of the rain," Dr. Jacklyn Adella says. It was late January, the height of the Indonesian monsoons, and even the relatively arid island of Sumba faced daily downpours. Adella settled into a small, air-conditioned room at Waitabula's Karitas Hospital as her first patient entered: a 17-year-old, his foot, stitched from a recent motorbike injury, had become infected. As a nurse squeezed pus from the wound, without anesthetic, the teen writhed. Under-resourced … [Read more...] about A Young Doctor Learns How Hard It Is To Give Health Care To Everyone
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Co-payments and user fees: are they compatible with universal health care? Author : Naveen TennetiNaveen is a junior doctor at Monash Health in Melbourne, Australia. He is a current distance student of Economics and Development at the University of London and recently convened the 2015 Global Ideas Forum. Universal health care (UHC) aims to ensure that all people can access the health services they need without suffering from financial hardship. UHC, by its all-encompassing nature, is necessarily an expensive endeavour. The long-term benefits that accrue from healthier populations, however, far outweigh the short-term costs. Yet this doesn’t stop the foundations of UHC being targeted by the short-termism implicit in 24-hour media cycles and political turbulence. Particularly in higher-income countries, the moral panic of ageing populations and the burden of chronic disease have led to much hand-wringing and short-sighted proposals to reduce spending. Australia, … [Read more...] about Co-payments and user fees: are they compatible with universal health care?