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Healthcare Systems Around the World

Sarah Baldwin, William Ruse


Typically it is believed that modern countries of the world are developed in all areas, including healthcare, and that poor health is an affliction of poor, under-developed countries. The truth, however, is that inadequate healthcare is prevalent in all types of countries, and no country has a perfect healthcare system. Improvements in healthcare should be a continual goal of all countries.

Health is a basic human right, and care that improves the lives of citizens will improve a country as a whole. This paper summarizes the healthcare systems of seventeen countries around the world and makes suggestions for economic and political changes that will increase the availability of quality care at feasible financial costs. There is no set formula for change; each country is evaluated and suggestions are respective to problems inherent in the country. The goal is always to create a sustainable healthcare system to provide quality care to all citizens.

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