Healthcare, America, Italy, Comparison


Coeli Fitzpatrick


It is no secret that the American healthcare system needs improvement. Yet, little has been done to effectively make those improvements. The United States healthcare system has substantial challenges and is underperforming on almost every measure when compared to other health systems. Comparing systems and seeing which ones excel at which dimensions and how they do it can help inform the design of particular reforms in other countries. This paper aims to break down the healthcare systems both in America and Italy, compare each system on critical measures like cost, health outcomes, access to care, and quality of care, and finally, draw on successes in Italy’s system and suggest improvements for America’s system.