Different and Equal or Different and Better: United States vs. Israel Jacqueline Bratcher
Dr. Denise Pica-Branco
February 23, 2013
A universal health care system is something many countries strive for. Many countries do not have stable enough economies to support the implementation of a Universal healthcare system. Though around the world there are few countries that offer universal healthcare to their citizens. 1. Select a country that has universal health care system provided by that country and provide some background information on this country. The country I have chosen is Israel. Israel is ranked number two in the world for their universal healthcare. It is located in the Middle East. Also, Israel, a country that lies east of the Mediterranean Sea has one of the world’s best implemented universal healthcare systems. The capital of Israel is Jerusalem, but however has an embassy located in Tel Aviv. Israel has “a parliamentary democracy government and is considered a “holy land”. This country is composed of many religions such as, Judaism, Christianity, and Muslim. Israel has played a huge role in the formation of Western and Eastern ideologies and has had a profound impact on the theological and cultural evolution of mankind. The population of this country is 7,590,758 (growth rate: 1.54%); birth rate: 18.97/1000; infant mortality rate: 4.07/1000; life expectancy: 81.07”, according to National Journal in 2012. The form if currency used in this particular country is the Shekel. The shekel is equivalent is to twenty seven cents in American dollars. Israel is a country with rich fertile land and vibrant culture. The citizens of this country speak either Hebrew or Arabic. Also, in this culture music and dance play a huge part in social influences. Israel is widely known for their role in football and basketball overseas, also Israel has many museums that serve thousands of tourists each year. The government in Israel is composed of a three tier court system, in which combines, the English law, civil law and the Jewish law. They are under rule of a prime minister and a president. Israel has relations with 157 countries including the United States. Since 1967, this country has had a strong powerful military. Israel’s military is advanced in high tech weaponry and skillful in imports. The economy of this country is strong and stable. Israel is ranked number two in the world for leading development in solar power and research investments. “Despite limited natural resources; intensive development of the agricultural and industrial sectors over the past decades has made Israel largely self-sufficient in food production, apart from grains and beef. Other major imports to Israel, totaling $47.8 billion in 2006, include fossil fuels, raw materials, and military equipment. Leading exports include electronics, software, computerized systems, communications technology, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, fruits, chemicals, military technology, and cut diamonds; in 2006, Israeli exports reached $42.86 billion and by 2010 they had reached $80.5 billion a year”(
Bennet,James March 2005). Israel is in competition with United States by trying to be more advance and is quickly gaining interest among many countries. This country is composed of many hardworking people, which contribute to the success of this nation. Israel is very comparable to the United States because they both share many of the same characteristics of one another. 2. Compare the common features of that health care model to the health care system of the United States.
While researching the nation of Israel, I discover that there are many remarkable similarities of their healthcare system to that of the one that is currently established in the United States. The following are a few similarities that both countries share: * Both countries use and rely on new technologies
* Healthcare is provided by...
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