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Monday, February 22, 2010

Health Care Primer

Think the United States has the best healthcare system in the world?  Then you just might be a Republican.

Ba dum bum!

Actually, check out this summary of the four basic types of healthcare systems.  It's really interesting and quite illuminating.

There are about 200 countries on our planet, and each country devises its own set of arrangements for meeting the three basic goals of a health care system: keeping people healthy, treating the sick, and protecting families against financial ruin from medical bills.

But we don't have to study 200 different systems to get a picture of how other countries manage health care. For all the local variations, health care systems tend to follow general patterns. There are four basic systems:
 It's worth a look.

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