This film was illustrating the various types of healthcare systems around the world in a comparative look with the United States healthcare system. It takes the biomedical perspective of healthcare as professional physicians are the main healers of the video. The video examines healthcare systems in Great Britain, Taiwan, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan, contrasting how each system has advantages and disadvantages in universal healthcare. It seems that universal healthcare in each country had a positive effect with all the patients as each patient was more eager and motivated to see physicians and stay in better health. There were setbacks to the physicians themselves as some of them such as the ones in Japan and Germany did not receive as high of incomes and at times were under budget for certain products necessary for the hospital. In some of the countries such as Britain, there were incentives to keep your patients healthy, involving bonuses or more income per healthy patients. Switzerland used restricted prices for hospitals to charge their patients, keeping benefits for everyone the same price. Taiwan used many of the beneficial aspects of other countries healthcare systems to create their own unique system where everyone receives health smart cards, including all health history of each patient. This, combined with minimal waiting time to see physicians proved to be quite effective.
The healers in this case are the physicians who take care of all of their patients in their designated hospital. They have varying social status’, however most of them are relatively well paid and are at a good socioeconomic status as well. They engage in similar techniques as in the United States however, elective care (hip replacements, transplants) in the United Kingdom are not as good although there are still many other aspects of health care that is very effective. The interaction between physicians and their patients in these countries using universal healthcare seems to be similar between all of them in that the patients seem more adamant on visiting a doctor regularly, and with minimal costs, typically.
Most of these universal healthcare systems have a more interpersonal relationship, demonstrating more time with patients as well as less waiting time and fees which ease anxieties of visiting a hospital and physician. The cultures vary, however most of these countries view the system as a necessary entity for a well constructed community and feel that everyone is entitled to health treatment. The symptoms of patients are looked at quite different than the United States as we wait for symptoms to come about and these countries attempt to prevent most symptoms from happening, keeping patients healthier and less likely to suffer chronic illnesses.