Health Maintenance Organizations

Health Maintenance Organizations - Germany, and Italy, have...

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• Health Maintenance Organizations - About 65 million people (about 24% of the population) are enrolled in Health Maintenance Organizations ( HMO s)—private insurance organizations that provide medical care to subscribers for a fixed fee. - In order to reduce costs, HMOs focus on preventative medicine, controlling the treatment process, and sometimes even refusing to pay for a treatment. Socialized Medicine • Almost 43 million people (about 15% of the population) have no medical coverage. The United States is the only industrialized country without national health insurance. Other countries, such as Canada, Great Britain, Sweden,
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Unformatted text preview: Germany, and Italy, have national health insurance systems, also referred to as socialized medicine . Despite differences in how socialized medicine works in various countries, what is common to all systems of socialized medicine is that the government: 1) directly controls the financing and organization of health services 2) directly pays providers 3) owns most of the medical facilities 4) guarantees equal access to health care 5) allows some private care for individuals who are willing to pay for their medical expenses...
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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