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Is Germany's healthcare system a model for the U.S. to emulate?

April 09, 2014
Healthcare Consulting By LW Consulting Inc.

What models should the United States attempt to emulate as it tries to triumph over recent setbacks and improve its healthcare for the better? This doesn't just apply to records, but to the entirety of the system. According to Atlantic contributor Olga Khazan, the German approach to healthcare is a happy medium between the current state of American medicine and more extreme options.

Khazan notes some of the similarities between the ways that Americans and Germans pay for their healthcare and support the infrastructure. While the German medical system is described as being one that engenders less debt to patients, overall there would be advantages to following their lead, Khazan argues, since it would be less of a stretch than converting to one of the other forms.

Specifically, she writes that "it's fair to say the U.S. is moving in the direction of systems like Germany's—multi-payer, compulsory, employer-based, highly regulated, and fee-for-service," she writes. "It's not as radical as single-payer models like the U.K.'s, where the government covers everyone."

But this doesn't mean that Europe isn't facing its own problems when it comes to electronic healthcare, as Dominic Tyler writes for PMLIVE. In this piece, Tyler draws from European Commission data to note that the way medical practitioners use electronic systems in healthcare is reduced.

Only 10 percent of the general practitioners counted in the Commission's survey said they performed consultations over the internet, which is a key metric of successful electronic health usage.

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