Comparisons of health care systems in the United States, Germany and Canada

Mater Sociomed. 2012;24(2):112-20. doi: 10.5455/msm.2012.24.112-120.


THE PURPOSE OF THIS RESEARCH PAPER IS TO COMPARE HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS IN THREE HIGHLY ADVANCED INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES: The United States of America, Canada and Germany. The first part of the research paper will focus on the description of health care systems in the above-mentioned countries while the second part will analyze, evaluate and compare the three systems regarding equity and efficiency. Finally, an overview of recent changes and proposed future reforms in these countries will be provided as well. We start by providing a general description and comparison of the structure of health care systems in Canada, Germany and the United States.

Keywords: Canada; Germany; USA.; health care systems.