How To Understand Foreign National Health Care Policies

National health care policies are guidelines that are created in order to provide the proper health care needed for a certain country or region.  We'll cover some of the basics in this article, but to really understand the fine points you may need to take an online course in the history of health care.

These policies address the national issues regarding the overall health of the population. The goal of a national policy is to provide good health and to meet the needs of the entire population. Some countries have better national health care policies than others.

Here are some of the different countries’ national health care policies:

  • France. In the year 2000, the World Health Organization’s studies of national statistics on health care systems found that France had the best overall health care system. For France, there are public and private hospitals that provide the care that the population needs. It is said that the government is able to give back up to 70% of the peoples’ expenses on health care. There is also a universal health coverage set up by the government on health care.
  • United States of America. The United States does not have a universal health care system. Instead, they have health care entities that take care of the needs of the population. Medicare is a health care provider that caters to the elderly and those who are disabled. For this, an employee work record is needed. Medicaid is the health provider that responds to the needs of the poor, while State Children’s Health Insurance Program deals with children of families that do not have high income. The Veterans Health Administration provides services to U.S. military veterans. All of these entities are financed by national and state taxes, and this makes the United States government a big part of the contributions for health insurance.
  • United Kingdom. The health care system of the United Kingdom is funded by the people’s taxes. The national health care services are National Health Service in Scotland, National Health Service in Wales, Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland and National Health Service of England. These medical services are free of charge.
  • Singapore. Singapore was labeled as the 6th country as having the best health care system in the world in 2000. The national health care policy of Singapore is under the government’s Ministry of Health. This country engages in the universal health care system. The health care providers make sure that the care provided is afforded by most of the population. It is said that the medical equipment in Singapore is regarded as the best in the world.
  • Japan. For this country, the medical services are given through public and private hospitals. The government pays for a bulk of the national health expenses. There is public health insurance provided for the citizens. This insurance pays for up to 70% of the medical care provided.

This is a look on some national health care systems of some countries. You can learn more about these health care systems and policies by taking online health care classes.  You can also find out more by checking out the official website of the World Health Organization at


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