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International Health Care: How is health care paid for and delivered in other countries?
CBC News Online | June 8, 2005

Country Main Funding Source (taxes/public, private or social security) Main System of Delivery (public, private, non-profit)
Canada Taxes. Some provinces also charge health insurance premiums. Universal public care. Canada is the only country that does not allow any private administration of health care services that are already provided publicly.
United States Private. Non-profit and public. The U.S. is one of the few OECD member countries that does not have universal accessibility. There are more than 50 million Americans with no health insurance. Hospital emergency departments are required to provide medical treatment to anyone � even if they are uninsured.
United Kingdom Taxes. Vast majority covered by national non-profit system. About 12% covered by private insurance which involves non-profit and for-profit providers.
France Compulsory payroll contributions Public � coverage universal since 1978
Switzerland Private. Public and private non-profit.
China Taxes and private (often employer funded). Private and public non-profit.
Japan Compulsory payroll contributions. Costs shared by employers and employees. System mainly run privately � but the government acts as regulator and insurer and sets fee schedules.
South Africa Public. Public, with the private sector growing for specialty services and for those who can afford to pay for services.
Brazil Public Public and private.





Sources:

Health Care Systems: An International Comparison.

How Good Is Canadian Health Care? 2004 Report. An International Comparison of Health Care Systems.

International comparison of health care systems using resource profiles.

Comparison of the U.S. Health System to that of Fifteen Nations

International Health Comparisons

The U.S. Health Care System: Best in the World, or Just the Most Expensive?

Public Sector Performance: An international comparison of education, health care, law and order and public administration









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