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US or European Healthcare

Editor’s note: There are many stories comparing the healthcare of other countries versus the US. There are many pros and cons to each. Unfortunately, the bottom line to all of them is that there isn’t enough money to pay for the care we would want for all. So what is the best way to deal with a scarcity of resources?

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USA Today
Maria Cheng

July 06, 2009

As President Obama pushes to overhaul the American health care system, the role of government is at the heart of the debate. In Europe, it’s a given.

The concept of free, state-run health care has been enshrined in Europe for generations. Europeans have built health systems so inclusive that even illegal immigrants are entitled to free treatment beyond just emergency care. Europeans have some of the world’s best hospitals, and have made great strides in fighting problems like obesity and heart disease.

But the system is far from perfect.

In Britain, France, Switzerland and elsewhere, public health systems have become political punching bags for opposition parties, costs have skyrocketed and in some cases, patients have needlessly suffered and died.

http://www.ahiphiwire.org/News/Default.aspx?doc_id=344069&utm_source=7/6/2009&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HiWire_Newsletter&uid=TRACK_USER

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July 6, 2009 - Posted by | Affordability, Cost, Economics of Health care, Federal Government, Health care delivery | , , ,

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