A lie told a thousand times becomes true, as the saying goes. This is the case of the health system of the United States of America. Most people do not know, but operate in the US, six different health systems, three exclusively public; two, mixed, and exclusively private.
Public systems are, in descending order of the number of people served, Medicaid, Medicare and the Veterans Affairs (VA) – its operations were offered to military retirees (veterans), with the other two created in the 1960s to support the elderly (Medicare) and the low-income population (Medicaid), after the failure of the plans for implementing a “US SUS”.
Together, the three meet nearly 100 million people, about one in three Americans, and if we add the popular and charitable clinics – that work with public transfers, plus some donations – and subsidized emergency assistance, to reach one estimate the coverage next 120 million people.
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Both Medicare and the Medicaid have all the features of the only Canadian payer system: the services are provided by private companies, but the costs are paid by the government; an immense regulation dictates what can be offered and the prices of health plans and medical treatment are controlled directly by CMS – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.read review here!
Financed by taxes, it´s almost always used by beneficiaries of medical care that are not financially able to afford even part of the treatment. In some cases, however, there is the need to pay for health insurance policies, something more common in Medicare than in Medicaid.
Public spending on health per capita in OECD countries.
Medicare and Medicaid programs have several portfolios covering from immunizations for flu to complex surgical procedures, treatments of diseases like cancer and heart attacks. Both programs were expanded significantly in the last twenty years, both by …