I chose France
1. Within each country, students will each take two of the four topics: Population Health Status, Health Expenditures, the Health Systems and Resources, and Quality of Care, based on Health at a Glance 2007 and compare these with the US. See detailed explanations below.
1.Demographics and Health Status:
a)Total population, percentage over age 65, and fertility rates
b)Infant mortality and Infant health and low-weight births
c)Life expectancy at birth and at age 65
d)Premature mortality and by heart disease, stroke, cancer, and suicide
f)Dental health for children
g)Non-medical determinants of health: Tobacco, Alcohol, and Obesity
a)Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita and income inequality
b)Health expenditures per capita and in relationship to GDP
c)Health expenditures by function
e)Financing of health by public spending and out-of-pocket private health insurance
f)Health insurance coverage by public and private
g)Description of health care structure and percentage without health care financial health care coverage
3.Health Systems and Resources:
a)Practicing MDs (GPs and Specialists) and nurses per 1000 population
b)Remuneration (incomes) of MDs (GPs and Specialists) and nurses
c)Doctors’ consultations per capita, per physician and the growth rate of each
d)Hospital beds (acute and long-term) per 1000 population, occupancy rates, and average length of stay by diagnosis
e)Overall hospital discharges per 1000 population and for circulatory disease
f)Hospital procedures by type per 100,000 population
g)Medical technology by different types per million population and pharmaceutical consumption by type per 1000 person day
4.Quality of Care:
a)In-hospital case fatality rate after acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke
b)Survival and screening rates for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer.
c)Avoidable hospital admission and mortality due to asthma
d)Rates of diabetes (will have to find elsewhere) and annual eye exams for diabetes
e)Rates of influenza vaccination for elderly people and childhood vaccination programs.
f)Wait-times for elective surgery (will have to find elsewhere)
2.Write a paper analyzing your topic for the developed country comparing it with the US. Make recommendations on whether the country is doing better or worse than the US in the different sub-categories and discuss how these differences might be relevant to making improvements in the US health care system.
a.Format: Typed double spaced on a word processor, using no smaller in 12 font size with margins of 1 inch all the way around.
FOR ALL PAPERS
Points will be awarded based on
c)Content: Have you addressed all the appropriate diagnostic criteria?
d)Evidence: Have you offered sufficient support for your analyses?
e)Recommendations that you made and how sound they are
Format and Grammar: Did you stay within the page limits and include
References: YOU MAY NOT USE wikipedia.org as a primary source but you may go to their references and use their references as sources.
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