Universal Health Care Pros and Cons provides all detailed info about two countries, Canada and Taiwan, which have successfully implement universal health care to their citizens. Can America follow their health care plan? What are the pros and cons?
Taiwan’s universal health care is often mistakenly thought of as “free”. In fact, Taiwanese pay for health care through taxes, low monthly or yearly premiums, and in some cases, out-of-pocket payments for non-insured services. Under the Taiwan Health Care Act of 1995, Taiwanese have universal access to health care, irrespective of income, employment, status, age or state of health. The administration of most services is provided provincially however, and differs from province to province.
Taiwan’s success in improving life expectancy-particularly for people who are more vulnerable-lends credence to arguments calling for the United States to join other industrialized nations in ensuring universal health coverage. It also underscores the importance of adequate financing and having a strategy that addresses access, quality, and efficiency. “The United States must design health reform so that we move simultaneously toward improved access to care and a high-performance health system,” the authors conclude.