Published in the Journal of Healthcare Finance (Winter 2017)
When it comes to providing healthcare services to its citizenry, the United States lags behind other first-world nations. The U.S. is ranked 43rd in life expectancy when compared against all the other countries of the world. Our diets and lifestyles play a significant role in our health as a nation, but our healthcare system also plays a major part. Unlike other first-world nations, the U.S. does not have a universal healthcare system that pays for and provides access to healthcare for its citizens. Instead, we have a patch-work of private insurers and federally-funded singlepayers all competing in the same market. This paper examines national healthcare systems around the world, addresses how U.S. healthcare providers are currently coping with the present situation, and then offers up a solution for our healthcare access and cost problems.