Frontline: Sick Around the World

I chose to reflect on the frontline film which I found both interesting and extremely relevant.  This film was built as encompassing look into healthcare systems around the world with a specific emphasis on what could be learned to improve healthcare in the United States.  The interviewer traveled throughout foreign countries (Britain, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Germany) demonstrating the healthcare system. In Britain a universal healthcare system was in place, yet was victim to high taxation and long service times. In Japan universal healthcare was very inexpensive yet highly affordable marred by the debt placed upon Japan. In Germany the healthcare was effective yet caused unrest amongst doctors and was somewhat more expensive. In Switzerland healthcare was very effect yet had experienced moderate dissent following a transformation for the free market healthcare system. In Taiwan the best of all other healthcare was observed and placed into effect with some unforeseen issues due largely to the small size of Taiwan.

The healers in this film are the doctors and their social status varies somewhat due to their country as displayed in the film.  All doctors in the film are respected and appreciated yet the pay scale and financial status across doctor groups is somewhat large. I found it highly aggravating to see the German doctors complain about how what they made wasn’t enough. The complaints about pay are worse considering they did not have to pay for medical school and still make a ton of money relative to much of the population. In Japan it was also striking how little the doctors made because of the government overregulation of services.  I also thought it was interesting that the doctors were still forced to compete even when pricing wasn’t a direct issue due to govt. systems put in place to force competition for existence.  The systems/sectors of culture which they operate in are professional primarily and yet some healthcare plans did pay for services that could be considered to be in the folk sector (acupuncture, spas, etc).  The healthcare is delivered through a variety of methods including incidentally in Japan house calls and in Britain clinics in every neighborhood. It is worth noting for the purposes of a reflection article that I found all of these systems far superior to ours with the exception of the Japanese system which I only found slightly better than ours.

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  1. Karra Larkins says:

    The health care systems all around the world are different. Most of them are better than the United States, more people get helped and at a lesser cost. They all found a more efficient way of helping to treat the people in need of health care. In Germany however it is slightly more expensive but very much more efficient. Britain takes a longer time to provide the people with what they need and they have higher taxes for health care than we do. Theses healer are credible. They study and train to become highly respected physicians. They try to do their best helping patients but in places like Japan the government is in control of much of what happens and who gets treated. They also influence how well they get treated. All the doctors are highly respected but they do not always get the payment they deserve. Many times they are under paid and they do not have the necessary freedom to fully help the ones in need. In comparison to the United States the health care systems differ greatly, most are superior to the one that is here. The physicians do not always get the respect and payment they deserve but they are full trained and credible.

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