some premium cost with the employee covering the rest of their healthcare needs. In the United States public health care is offered but individuals need to meet a certain criterion in order to receive free public healthcare. Medicaid is a government financed insurance coverage that will aid the disabled and elderly population and families with small children that make a household income under a specified amount in the criteria to be covered by Medicaid. Individuals that are over the age of 65 or those with certain disabilities can be covered under Medicare for their healthcare needs. Medicare is a program offered to those in the United States as a federal funded healthcare system. ("US vs UK: Comparing Medical and Allied Healthcare Services", 2016). When comparing both countries you can see some clear differences
between the usage of health insurances. In regard to medications it is known that the “United States prescription spending is about nine times higher than other high-income countries. ” (Sarnak, Squires, Kuzmak, & Bishop, 2017). Although Great Britain offers universal healthcare coverage it does come with some wait times for individuals seeking care and, in some cases, patients cannot be seen by specialists unless they have a referral.
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