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Comparison of Healthcare, Nursing Care, and Nursing Education in the US and Ireland Name of the Student Subject Name of the Concerned Professor June 20, 2011 Comparison of Healthcare, Nursing Care, and Nursing Education in the US and Ireland Healthcare in the US and Ireland The healthcare system in the United States is primarily consolidated into the hands of legal private entities (Sultz & Young, 2008).
Yet, the federal, state, county and city governments do own some hospitals at certain locations, which are accessible to general public. Barring a few exceptions such as Veterans Healthcare Administration, Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program and TRICARE, the health insurance in the United States is predominantly provided by the private firms (Sultz & Young, 2008). Many of the Americans and their families are extended health insurance by their employers. Yet, a great many Americans are left uninsured. The US spends more money per capita on healthcare than any other nation in the world (Herzlinger, 2007). In fact a large chunk of the national income is spent on healthcare every year. Considering the very high cost of healthcare in the United States, the country has the third highest healthcare budget in the world (Herzlinger, 2007). Irrespective of the gargantuan healthcare expenditure, when it comes to parameters like infant mortality and life expectancy, the US tends to fall behind other developed nations (Herzlinger, 2007). Though there are many government funded healthcare programs, yet they are mostly limited to the veterans, the elderly, the poor, children, and disabled (Armstrong & Armstrong, 1999). ...