Germany’s healthcare is put to good use dollar for dollar when compared to the United States. According to the American Journal of Public Health, for each $100 spent on healthcare in
Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership Task 3 - C489 4 Germany, life expectancy is extended by about four months. In the United States, $100 spent in healthcare resulted in an extended life expectancy of only two weeks. In 2017, health-care spending in the United States came to $10,207 for each person. Germany, on the other hand, spent $5, 848 on health care for each of its citizens. Despite spending less per person, 100% of Germany's population is completely covered. In the United States, about 8.8% of the population remains uninsured, which equates to about 28 million people. Even more people are under insured. (CNBC 2020). The United States has higher prices for most health care services and prescription drugs when compared with Germany; meaning less money that Americans can spend on their families and increase America’s economic infrastructure. All prescription drugs are covered in Germany except for those explicitly excluded by law, and those following benefits assessment. In the United States, your health care plan will generally treat the drug prescribed as covered. You will then be charged a co-payment that applies to the most expensive drugs already covered. Any amount you pay for the drug will generally count toward your deductible and/or maximum out-of-pocket limits. United States healthcare is allocated through many organizations. These facilities are largely owned and operated by private businesses. In the United States, 58% of community hospitals are non-profit, 21% are government owned, and 21% are for profit. Healthcare coverage is comprised of both private health coverage and public health coverage (e.g., Medicare and Medicaid). (WHO 2020). The United States does not have a universal healthcare program, unlike Germany. In the United States, adults reported that healthcare was their most pressing household cost, and more than half noted that paying higher premiums or a greater portion of medical expenses was a “major concern.” (Wikipedia 2020). Roughly half of U.S. adults worried that they would not have enough money to afford care. The burden of health care costs
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