Health Status and Health Care Services in Poland with Comparison to the United States

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Executive Summary3

Population and Health Status………………………………………………………………………………………….. Demographic characteristics of population
Mortality, Infant mortality data, causes of death
Other data of health status
Related information (such as on quality if life); analysis

Availability of Health Services
Basic organization/general description of services institutions, providers of care Issues related to access
Utilization of services (data, if available)
Other related information/analysis

Expenditures
How are health services paid for; any roles for the government here Data on total expenditures
Other related information/analysis

Macroenvironmental influences on the health care system
Political
Socioeconomic
Cultural
Technological/Other relevant influences

Summary comments
Problems
Opportunities
Other related comments regarding this country's health care services Comparison to the United States: what works better, what is not working as well…………………………………. Concluding comments: Lessons learned for the U. S., other countries……………………………………………… Bibliography ………………………………………………………………………………………………….

When you think about Healthcare Services around the world, there are so many different countries that run health care differently. Comparing the United States to a country, like Poland, is a very interesting in the aspect how health care is handled within the these two regions. Health care is a vital service that daily touches the lives of millions of Americans at significant and vulnerable times: birth, illness, and death. In recent decades, technology, pharmaceuticals, and know-how have substantially improved how care is delivered and the prospects for recovery. Health care quality varies widely, even after controlling for cost, source of payment, and patient preferences. Many Americans lack health insurance coverage at some point during any given year. The costs of providing uncompensated care are a substantial burden for many healths care providers, other consumers, and taxpayers. Polish consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious, mostly due to widespread media coverage on health and wellness issues. A growing number of Poles are seeking to lead healthier lifestyles and paying more attention to what they eat and how they feel. This boosted demand for consumer healthcare during the review period, particularly vitamins and dietary supplements. Multinational companies hold strong positions within consumer healthcare in Poland. Chemists/pharmacies generate the majority of revenues in consumer healthcare due to their professional image and wide selection of products and brands on offer. Consumer healthcare is expected to continue to develop over the forecast period, as there is still significant scope for further expansion.

Population and Health Status

The United States will enter 2010 with a population of more than 308.4 million, according to a U.S. Census Bureau estimate. That's a 2.6 million person increase--0.9 percent--from their estimate entering 2009. Further, they estimate one new birth every eight seconds and one death every 12 seconds, so in the time it took you to read this far, there have been three births and two deaths. (Schlesinger, 2009, para. 1) The demographics of the United States compared to that of Poland are, that the U.S is a very urbanized population. About 81 % are residing in cities and suburbs. In Poland, about 61% of the Polish population lives in urban areas. There are about 38 million people in Poland currently residing. Population distribution is uneven. From ethnic perspective, Poland is very homogeneous, with 96.7% of population being Polish. ("WIKIPEDIA, the free encyclopedia", 2010, para. 2). In the United States racially, the U.S. has a White American majority. Minorities compose just over one-third of the population (102.5 million in 2007), with Hispanic and Latino Americans and African Americans as the largest minority...
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