Comparison Between the Health Care systems of Canada and United Kingdom

Abstract

Health care system is an organization that is elective and unique for every country. Comparing health care systems for different countries is an essential step in determination its level of development, gaps that exists and that require improvement, and changes that could be made in order to upgrade and improve the provision of services for the population. This paper compares the health care systems of Canada and the United Kingdom. The foundation and main principles of each of these systems are discussed. The main emphasize is made on the access to care, public satisfaction with the care, costs of health care, electronic medical records, availability of affordable care, limitations that exist, the disadvantages that are exposed for the population and the changes that can be made in order to improve the health care systems of these countries, as well as the similarities and the differences between the healthcare systems of the two countries. A conclusion is also made on the basic structure, finances, services, as well as the problems that exist in each of these health care systems.

Introduction

A health care system is a term we hear constantly nowadays, but rarely it is clearly understood what it really means. It is the organization of individuals, institutions, and reserves to supply and provide health care services for the target populations and in order to meet their direct requirements and needs (Liverpool-ha, 2009).

In the world there exists a great variety of health care systems with different histories and organizational structures, which were created and function in various ways, however, with the same goal – to satisfy the needs of the population in the area of the population’s health. Some countries show the health care system being spread among market members; while others expose the governments, unions, organizations and other bodies, as well as those connected with religion, being involved in planning health care services to the residents they are responsible for (Liverpool-ha, 2009).

There exist various methods of determining the satisfaction of population with the service provision. Numerous surveys have been performed to understand how individuals of certain countries feel about the services they receive and, although this information is very valuable and significant for further improvements in the structure of the system, it is also vital not to forget about the fact that there exist standards established by international organizations, which should be achieved to the best of the abilities by every country’s health care system (Hussey, Anderson, Osborn, Feek, McLaughlin, Millar, Epstein, 2004). National health systems that are present in the countries that are discussed in this paper are supposedly created for provision of available, reasonably priced care for all representatives of the population; however, it often happens that critics of health care systems that function like that often doubt the quality of that services that are provided.

As every nation has its own issues and problems that stand in a way of its healthcare system becoming efficient and satisfying for the population, it is …
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