MLeftwich_SAT Task3.docx - SAT Task 3 Organizational Systems Quality Leadership Western Governors University SAT Task 3 Matthew F Leftwich A1 Country to

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SAT Task 3Organizational Systems & Quality LeadershipWestern Governors UniversitySAT Task 3Matthew F. LeftwichA1: Country to Compare1
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SAT Task 3For this assignment I have chosen to compare the healthcare systems of the United States with that of Switzerland. It must be noted before proceeding that the current state of the US’s system is very much in a state of flux. Due to the shaky, incomplete integration of ‘Obamacare,’ followed by the uncertainty following the inauguration of President Trump, things are currently abit difficult to pin down. For this reason, much of what I report should be taken with a grain of salt. I will endeavor to report facts, but most everything should be assumed to come with the caveats, “As best as I can tell…” and/or “To the best of my knowledge based on current circumstances.”A2: AccessI’ll begin my comparison between the two countries by briefly outlining how each systemhandles healthcare, primarily access to health insurance, for the categories of children, the elderly, and the unemployed.In Switzerland, the purchase of health insurance is mandated for everyone, by law. Within three months of a child’s birth, parents must purchase a policy for them and continue to be responsible the policy’s upkeep and financing until the child reaches the age of eighteen. Before the three month threshold, babies are covered by the state (Healthcare in Switzerland, n.d.).Children in the United States, as dependents, are most often covered by their parents’ health insurance policies. When this is not possible, due to financial or other circumstances, other options are available through government assistance, the primary means being via Medicaid. In addition to this, there are other programs specifically implemented to supplement any gaps in coverage, a major example being the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This program provides “gap” coverage to children who happen to belong to families that have income that exceeds the Medicaid qualification floor, yet aren’t otherwise able to pay for any other options, whether private or employer-sponsored (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2017). Children under their parent or guardians’ coverage can remain so as long as they are considered financial dependents, commonly up to the age of eighteen, but possibly extending even further if the child maintains student status.2
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SAT Task 3As far as healthcare access for the unemployed, Switzerland’s social security pays 70% ofthe salary to individuals lacking employment, while placing an emphasis on reintegration efforts(AVS/AI Information Centre, 2017).In the United States there are a few possibilities for unemployed healthcare coverage. Themain one, heavily encouraged by the ACA, involves buying a policy through the government’s healthcare marketplace (although people who use this term seriously seem to have little understanding of what actually constitutes a real “marketplace”). Medicaid offers another possible option for reduced-cost coverage.
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