W3 Reflection: Sick around the world

W3 Reflection: Sick around the world

I ended up choosing Sick around the World as the video to summarize. The firsts section of the video had to deal with Great Britain’s health care system. It focused on the fact that patients are not required to pay any bills. They pay fairly higher taxes but no one goes without health care. One of the problems with this system is the fact that people have to wait to see a doctor. The NHS has improved this but it is still a small problem. The second video was Japan: Universal coverage, No Gatekeepers. Like the first video, the Japanese spend much less than the United States but provides a much better health care system. In this system, you get a healthcare plan through your place of work and the poor are provided free insurance if they cannot afford it. It seems obvious so far that both of these systems are more preventative than ours because people do not shy away from healthcare due to their financial situations. There is an official price book for all procedures in Japan regardless of the severity of the issue. It’s one base price and this can negatively affect the doctor financially. A great aspect of the Japanese way is the fact that you do not lose your health insurance if you lose your job. The remaining videos continued to show how other countries around the world handle healthcare. The bottom line concluded that many of them do it cheaper and more effectively than us because they focus on preventing problems istead of treating them. The healers depicted are your typical doctors that reply on science to treat people who are ill. They interact with their patients in a professional manner through the use of medicine. This section of videos focused on 5 different cultures and systems. The body and symptoms are all understood in a similar way, it is the way in which the healthcare is delivered to the people that changed. This was the main purpose of the videos.

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  1. It appears as though the medical professionals and care that they provide is on par and similar to the care provided in the United States. Each video that was covered seemed to deal with illness through a biomedical approach. The major difference in these providers isn’t the care they provided but in the manner which it is distributed. In the United States we have limited medical coverage provided best to those who can afford it. Yes, similar to Japanese culture mentioned in the post, employers provide medical care. However, unlike the United States, health care is universal and the people of these cultures do not shy away from receiving care. The are accepting of preventative measures and actively participate in their health and do not look at financial resources as a barrier to receiving care.

    These healers seem to be just as effective, if not more so than the ones in the United States. Issues with timely medical treatment are brought up as a result of universal coverage, but in comparison, when people do not ignore medical ailments because of financial reasons, people tend to be healthier. The only downside presented was the lack of comparable financial gain for doctors and medical professionals but this issue is easily ignored considering in the United States, millions go without health care due to lack of means.

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