Assignment-The Best and Worst of Two Systems-week#5-Gabrielle Jeffcoat

Assignment-The Best and Worst of Two Systems-week#5-Gabrielle Jeffcoat

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Running head: ASSIGNMENT: THE BEST AND WORST OF TWO SYSTEMS Assignment: The Best and Worst of Two Systems Gabrielle Jeffcoat University of Phoenix HCA 250 Wakita R. Bradford, RN, MSN April 10, 2010
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Running head: ASSIGNMENT: THE BEST AND WORST OF TWO SYSTEMS 2 Australia has universal health care systems structure. All residence and legal aliens after a standard length of time are given health care insurance. “The funding for medical insurance is provided by the state and federal government. There is public health insurance known as Medicare and Private health insurance that a person pays a standard fee per year. Medicare was introduced to Australia in the 1980s” (Richardson, p 14-15, 2006). There are restrictive options that are available with the Medicare plan. “The patient is only allowed to go to hospitals and medical facilities that offer Medicare insurance. The patient will have caps and limitation up to a certain amount of money or service. This means the patient pays out of pocket if the limit is met on the medical coverage” (Richardson, p 14-15, 2006). The other option is go with a private plan. “This is offered to individuals at a flat fee every year with a co-payment. This allows the patient to have a choice of what doctor and facility one wants to be treated at. If the medical coverage is exceeded the patient will pay a set percentage per hospital day or treatment ” (Richardson, p 14-15, 2006). The primary care doctors directly bill the insurance. Any medical treatment not cover, the patient is directly billed.” The federal funding is raised by taxes in each territory. The restriction on where a person can receive medical coverage is based on what territory he or she lives in” (Richardson, p 14-15, 2006). Only Medicare has flat rate charges for medical service. The Private plan allows the caregiver to charge at the price level he or she prefers.” On the public Medicare plan some medical procedures such as special medical treatments and certain medications will not be covered. This is why a majority of the population of Australia will pay out-of-pocket to have more choices and coverage with the Private option insurance” (Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, April, 2008). Anyone who is visiting Australia is admitted to a Medicare facility when an emergency occurs.
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Running head: ASSIGNMENT: THE BEST AND WORST OF TWO SYSTEMS 3 The people of Australia have a choice between having free Medical coverage or one can pay into his or her insurance with a Private insurance plan.
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