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Healthcare system of Singapore and America [Author] [Institution] Introduction The U.S. healthcare system is one which needs serious restructuring. The system does not seem to be that of a developed country as it offers worst healthcare facilities. The country is full of resources and the citizens pay more for the healthcare facilities than citizens of other developed countries; yet they get the worst outcomes.
Health statistics and costs The health statistics and costs of Singapore and United States can be compared to get a clear picture of where the two countries stand. The life expectancy at birth in Singapore is 82 years and it is 78 years in U.S. the infant mortality rate is 2.3 deaths per 1,000 births in Singapore while in U.S. it is 6.4 deaths per 1,000. U.S. has more caregivers than Singapore due to its population. There are 2.6 physicians per 1,000 people in U.S, while Singapore has 1.4 physicians per 1,000. There are 9.4 nurses per 1,000 people in U.S. while 4.2 in Singapore. The number of dentists in U.S. is six times greater and pharmacists are three times of those in Singapore. According to the WHO, U.S. spends about 15.3% of its total GDP on healthcare and Singapore spends only 3.7% (Holtz, 2008). Despite these figures, Singaporeans are healthier than Americans and the amount they pay per person is one-fifth of what the Americans pay. Healthcare Financing In Singapore, the state funds one-fourth of the total healthcare costs. The major source for the healthcare finance is individuals themselves and their employers. The government, using taxes, spends about U.S. ...
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