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Relatively Inaccessible Abundance: Reflections on U.S. Health Care

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  • Ivy Lynn Bourgeault
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    Outsiders' views of American health care - and Canadian views in particular - contains this paradox: ready access to excellent high tech services for those who can pay but unfortunately too expensive for many Americans; in essence, inaccessible abundance. In this paper, I embellish upon this paradox with an initial examination of the rather complicated organization of American health care as viewed by an outside observer. I then highlight the key benefits and drawbacks seen of U.S. health care, grounded in empirical data, and how despite its drawbacks it is being spread to other countries. I conclude with a discussion of the values inherent in the provision of health care - that is, whether it should be viewed as a commodity or as a right of the citizens of a nation.

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    Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers with number 203.

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    Length: 33 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2007
    Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:203
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