With approximately 18 percent of Americans living without health insurance
The U.S. is facing serious health care issues. While lawmakers work to remedy this predicament, the U.S. is still considered the only industrialized country where a citizen can go bankrupt due to ever-increasing medical care.
Many citizens are concerned that the U.S. will not be able to agree on a system and are looking into the root of the problem: the all mighty dollar.
A Broken System
How is it that a country that is known and respected for its medical advances has such a broken system? Part of the reason is that corporate health care entities (hospital corporations, HMOs, and health care consultants) are driving up costs, focusing only on the bottom line and lining their pockets. These same groups are hoping to enter and rake in profits from publicly accountable international health care systems in other countries. The goal? Privatization with tax dollars footing the bill.
Corporate Health Care on a Global Scale
HMOs and hospitals volley for control in a system that promotes competition and profiteering. Corporate health care has wielded its power over the health care system for years. Medicare and Medicaid spend considerably less on administration costs than HMOs who throw away 30 percent on compensation, investor returns, mergers, and profits.
For example, Columbia/HCA (the world’s largest corporate health care organization) made a push to purchase a public hospital in Adelaide, Australia. Medical and community activists opposed the efforts and publicized Columbia/HCA’s record. They were found to overbill Medicare, knowingly participate in quality care scandals, and promote anti-union practices. These collective endeavors prevented Columbia/HCA from moving in the area.
Other countries do not want the U.S. style system, and many American health care professionals are sharing their plights and challenges with colleagues worldwide. Meanwhile, American patients are suffering, some from the withheld treatment of costly procedures and medications to the point that they lose capabilities or worse, their lives
Corporate health care consultants advocating the American-style are typically not welcomed in international arenas. Many of these consultants are known to have unethically dealt with banking, communication, retail, and manufacturing employees. Unionized health care professionals recognize these consultants quickly as representatives of restructuring patient care and rebuilding it into an assembly line-like model.
International Examples of Health Care
Health care coverage doesn’t have to be this complex or this expensive. Many nations avoid corporate health care and employ a simpler form of national health care. The U.S. government has looked to them as examples when designing our own medical reform.
Our neighbors to the north use a health care system that is coordinated by each provincial government. In order to receive federal funding, each provincial system must adhere to the five principles of the Canada Health Act of 1984. Canada’s system focuses on social equity and claims to be work with simplicity and content.
What can a Patient do to get Much-Needed Health Care?
Many American patients are traveling abroad to benefit from global health care. Beyond the U.S. border awaits a whole world of highly trained, highly reputable and accredited physicians working in state-of-the-art facilities. Patients are drawn to the level of customer services these world health care tourism agencies have to offer.
From finding the ideal organization to travel plans and from pre-treatment to affordable services, world health care tourism provides patients with the much-needed care they deserve. Treatments include cosmetic surgery, joint replacement, dental surgery, in-vitro fertilization, and other assisted reproductive technology treatments.
Popular global health care destinations include Costa Rica, Argentina, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, The Philippines, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, and New Zealand. Treatment candidates consider the referrals and savings worth the travel abroad.