Publication Year

1997

Keywords

Economics, health, insurance, politics, social, United States

Disciplines

Economics | Medicine and Health Sciences | Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

Abstract

The estimates vary, but there are approximately 40 million uninsured individuals in the United States, that is over 15 percent of the population. Although many of these individuals may be voluntarily uninsured, there are many who are unable to afford the cost of health insurance but do not qualify for the governmentally provided programs for the poor, such as Medicaid. The extent of the problems in the current U.S health care financing and delivery systems will be examined in Section II.

Reform of the system is necessary to resolve the problems of the status quo. There are a multitude of options to be considered. Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada each have some method of national health care financing and delivery which will be discussed in Section III. The United States has relied primarily on the private insurance industry to provide individuals with health insurance, only providing government assistance to the very poor and the elderly.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Economics

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