The cost of health care is unaffordable for many in the developing world. But while universal health care may sound like an impossible dream, it’s more achievable than you might think. Film supported by @bainandcompanyinsights 00:00 – The argument for universal health coverage is clear 00:57 – Thailand’s path to universal health coverage 03:31 – Universal health care around the world 04:48 – How to finance universal health coverage? 05:30 – Rwanda: from genocide to public health exemplar 07:19 – What is a pooling finance system? 08:01 – Which services make the cut? 11:17 – The economic benefits of UHC 12:23 – Could covid-19 be a catalyst for reform? Sign up to our daily newsletter to keep up to date: https://econ.st/3n3kIjj Read our special report on universal health care: https://econ.st/3gRa5QP Universal health coverage is in reach – here’s why: https://econ.st/3Fk09d8 How the coronavirus pandemic could reform care? https://econ.st/3gNRVjc America is the only developed country without universal health insurance: https://econ.st/3fbn2oa View all of The Economist’s coronavirus coverage: https://econ.st/3U5ZeB9 Why rich and poor countries can reap the benefits of universal health care: https://econ.st/3gEbKJu Why has Mexico’s road to UHC been rocky? https://econ.st/3gIMlOR Why health services priorities must adapt to meet citizens needs: https://econ.st/3szum07 Covid-19’s legacy for public health: https://econ.st/3sDC35u Why more spending on mental health matters: https://econ.st/3gMr7zF Cutting edge – why improving access to surgery is important: https://econ.st/3DEKzHC
31 Replies to “The cost of health care: how to make it affordable”
Come on @TheEconomist.We know the trade off is between affordable vs timely health care. So long as you pay for private/on-demand/private healthcare, the price of all healthcare rises. Are you willing to cut your insurance so that everyone else has?
Actually there are some books written on the cost-saving of timely care. If you get it well in time, you’ll likely be healthier, and need less going forward. The new model is to have teams of a couple of different professions (physician, specialty nurse, therapeut, &c) to address all aspects of what’s ailing the patient in one go. But, yes, there is still the old system: going to the nurse, ok you need a physician, wait 3 weeks, then wait 3 weeks for any next appointment.
Im from europe, why do i have it recommended ? We already know how to do it …
as a European, I don’t have to imagine
Tell that to burgerlanders xd
As a Swede, I’d hope my old mother would get what she needs, not what me an my sister have to beg and bully for. Imagine this: emergency visits have to be scheduled, during phone hours, which often are 10-12 am.
Every civilized country on Earth has already figured this out, except for USA. Get rid of the parasites (insurance companies) and healthcare will be cheaper.
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Most of the first world countries have universal health care. In contrast, the US has the world’s most expensive medical care industry that’s bankrupting people and is a huge drain on companies that pay for insurance.
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Or perhaps they can stop meddling other countries business stop sending arms deploying soldiers and invading countires instead they can provide these budgets to its own people
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Make our priority to take care our health
And the government should prioritize an access to universal health system.
Philippines should do this.
The Philippines is already doing this through the passage of the RA 11223 or Universal Health Care Act in 2019. Considering that implementing universal health care is a herculean task, the government has adopted a progressive approach. At the moment, the focus is reforming existing systems and putting enabling mechanisms that would make population-based services accessible to everyone. We are still at our infancy stage but we will soon have this, hopefully.
Only the US goes without affordable healthcare when all the Western countries have instituted it. Health care should be getting cheaper in an industrialized world instead it is getting more expensive.
The U.S. has a very innovative and unique social system that can be basically described as a “dog-eat-dog” microcosmos.
You make health care affordable by teaching people how not to get sick. Fasting on a regular basis for a min of 4 days protects the body from illness.
Why is universal healthcare such a hard concept to grasp? Healthcare should go to everyone and should not be too expensive for the poor to pay.
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