Organizational Systems and Leadership Task 3 Essay

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Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership Task 3

Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership
Task 3
Bronagh Paladino
Western Governors University


Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership Task 3
The country that I pick to compare to the U.S. healthcare system is Great Britain.
According to the PBS Frontline program, “Sick Around The World”, by T.R. Reid, Great Britain uses a government run National Health Service (NHS), which seems too close to socialism for most Americans. For about half of what the U.S. pays per person for healthcare, the NHS covers all U.K. citizens and has better health statistics. (Palfreman, Reid, 2008). According to the World
Health Organization (WHO), the total expenditure on
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(, n.d.). In the
U.K., NICs are compulsory contributions that are paid by employees and employers and the selfemployed to provide benefits of healthcare for the unemployed, state pensions and low-income families that fund the NHS to cover healthcare for these groups of patients. With this contribution in place, access to healthcare is at of no cost or very little cost to these groups.
(Gleason, Ridic, 2012).


Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership Task 3
In the U.S., coverage for medications can be accessed through Medicare policy. Medicare offers drug coverage through different Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, part D, Part C,
Medicare Health Plan. The U.S. healthcare system offers discounted medications through the patient’s health insurance plan. The U.K. under the NHS healthcare policy, there are almost no copayments except for small copayments for prescription medication approximately $12, including dental and eye care. U.S. patients may have a higher cost sharing of medications than the U.K..
The requirements to get a referral to see a specialist in the U.K. include having to visit the
GP or family practitioner. A patient in the U.K. cannot go directly to a specialist. In the U.S., it depends on what type of coverage the patient has. For example, if the patient has a health maintenance organization (HMO) plan, the patient will have to