As Brits and Americans exchange barbed tweets over the merits of their healthcare systems, we’re going to see who you think is making the best of a difficult job.
We’re inviting five guests to make the case for the UK, America, Cuba, Singapore and France.
You’ll be able to quiz them about the details of their systems, explore how they might work in your country, or explain why yours is superior to all of them. And of course those Americans who think their system needs an overhaul will also get involved.
Here’s Shaimaa’s post on this from earlier:
The healthcare row in the USA gets more heated by the day and with MEP Daniel Hannan’scriticism of the British national healthcare system comparing and contrasting the two systems (essentially private vs. public healthcare) is what’s getting a lot of you talking.
President Obama is currently taking his healthcare reform campaign on the road to gain backing of the new plan that the democrats say will be more efficient and will save more money.
Five congressional committees are currently working on healthcare bills, and although there is consensus on some aspects of reform, lawmakers are divided on whether to set up a public health insurance scheme for Americans without employer-sponsored coverage.
“The creation of a new government-run insurance plan is a step in the wrong direction,” The Chamber of Commerce issued in a statement. While Pharmaceutical Companies stand by the new plans.
In the United States, ownership of the health care system is mainly in private hands, though federal, state, county, and city governments also own certain facilities.There is no nationwide system of government-owned medical facilities open to the general public but there are local government-owned medical facilities open to the general public.
Here in the UK the NHS (National Health Service) is entirely government funded and free at the point of use. And while many people praise the fact that they can get free healthcare when they need it many others criticize it for long waiting lists and the time it takes to get treatment on some occasions.
In India the healthcare system is public but according to this study, since 1990s, the public health system has been collapsing and the private health sector has flourished at the cost of the public health sector.
In Nigeria, Health care provision is a concurrent responsibility of the three tiers of government in the country. But because Nigeria operates a mixed economy, private providers of health care have a visible role to play in health care delivery. The federal government’s role is mostly limited to coordinating the affairs of the university teaching hospitals, while the state government manages the various general hospitals and the local government focus on dispensaries.
France prides itself with a very successful and efficient public healthcare system and says even though it’s publicly funded you cannot compare it to the UK’s NHS. These are a few examples of different systems in different countries.
Tell us about your country, does it have the best health care system and if not what would you want to change about it?