Health System Characteristics

For this week’s assignment select two countries to compare with the United States in terms of health care. One country must be a developed country, and the other must be considered a developing (low- or middle-income) country: as much as possible, select countries that are of similar size. To identify the development level of countries, use the following resources :

The International Statistical Institute: Developing Countries https://www.isi-

World Bank: Country and Lending Groups

Next, review the information in the Chapter 1 in the Shi and Singh textbook. Research the characteristics of the U.S. health care delivery system and the systems of your selected countries usingcredible websites, such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) site

Write a substantive and cohesive response to the following:

Analyze two or more defining characteristics of the U.S. health care system.

Provide an analysis of how these characteristics compare to the characteristics of the health care systems of your selected countries. (Be sure to identify the countries in your posting.)

Evaluate potential benefits and challenges for people in your selected countries based on the health system characteristics you have identified.

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