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The Structure & Cost of US Health Care: Crash Course Sociology #44

In our final episode of Crash Course Sociology we are going to talk about what the health care system in the US looks like, the five A’s of health care accessibility, and a couple of contributing factors to the affordability of health care: fee for service care and the structure of our health insurance system which encourage higher spending.

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Sociology by John J. Macionis, 15th edition (2014)

Distribution of U.S. Health Care Providers Residing in Rural and Urban Areas, US Department of Health & Human Services

Protection from high medical costs


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  1. Nicole you have been awesome throughout the whole series. Thank you very much.

  2. Here in Australia we pay a 2% levy on our wages (people who earn less than 20k don't pay it ) that pays for our healthcare system for that we get subsidised drugs , subsidised doctor visits and no cost hospital treatment .

  3. Thanks a lot for this wonderful series. You've tackled loaded subjects and have done it with class. It was really interesting.

  4. Did you ever know Russia provides ALL its citizens with FREE HEALTHCARE?Checkout my experience on my channel 👌

  5. This is indoctrination. If you are unfortunate to come down with a horrible disease, you can't be treated in the rest of the world. Why? You're too espensive so the goal is to waitlist you in hopes that you will die on the list-just like our VA. There is no innovation. You don't have the density of biologists, chemists, geneticists, etc doing research. They can only bandaid you in the UK. Lines & waitlists are the foundation in places like the UK. There are not enough specialists. Your point here is that you think people who work in healthcare should work for $15/hr-after all that medical school. You also don't get the equipment, the robotic arms, # of MRI-PET-CAT scan machines.

  6. This was a great crash course

  7. the first problem is that the U.S has a healthcare system. It's not the job of the federal government to run healthcare. It should be states doing it, or better yet local governments. Healthcare was much less expensive before the federal gov. got involved. There isnt anything liberals dont want federalized except immigration. Where are the liberal run states with government funded healthcare? There aren't any because liberals are hypocrits.
    the dumbest thing is that I have to pay more for healthcare out of network. The other is insurance company's funding all healthcare. Who's the idiot who came up with that idea? Insurance should only pay for catastrophic healthcare bills. If people can't afford a physical or basic treatment or even insurance then they should be allowed to pay over time, as long as they pay something. We do that with a lot of other things like mortgages, college loans, credit cards and car payments. Most healthcare is NOT unaffordable anyway. It is expensive not unaffordable. There's a difference. Liberals never want to address the things that cause it to be so expensive.

  8. Thank you for this series, learned a whole ton of stuff! Also as I was trying to se the little bubbles of comments in the intro section so I slowed the video by half and Nicole sounds high as hell 😂😂😂

  9. The US healthcare is a racket for rich people.

  10. 8:06 "As a result, being uninsured is associated with the greater need for more expensive and more urgent medical procedures" Check yourself, friends… not everything adds up here

  11. Thank you for this course! You all did such a great job!

  12. Thank you….well explained!

  13. I'm sorry you are gonna need to dumb it down tonto.

  14. I just wonder what to expect in terms of changes in the healthcare systems (if any)

  15. Thankyou for the course !

  16. Thank you Nicole for this amazing series:-)

  17. What is the nature of Social Alienation?

  18. somehow i know less about the US healthcare system after watching this video than i did when i started watching it. nice job writers.

  19. Can someone tell me whats the average medical bill to visit a doctor for fever and get paracetemol? Asking from Singapore

  20. United health care
    And aarp are not
    For seniors ….


  22. if you can be add languag arabic i would be present this courses in my university because is so good plz

  23. It's funny how as soon as people are educated on how health care operates in the U.S. and other countries, they are immediately all for public healthcare… sips tea

  24. Amazing US HealthCare. Likely Donald only like Canada because of the money that universal healthcare saved him

  25. When your house is burning, you don't need insurance to afford fire fighters to put down the flames. When crime occurs, you don't need insurance to afford police officers to show up. Nor should you if you require urgent care! Hospitals should be entirely government regulated and free! We pay taxes for a reason…… US healthcare system as of now is PURE greed and another reason why America is on the decline! The patient should matter not MONEY! Reason why it costs you $7500 for a broken leg treatment is because of administrative parasites, inflated salaries to sustain their lavish lifestyles and pharmaceutical companies spending more on their marketing budgets than their R&D (essentially price gouging medication and tech). If you're at the bottom of the totem poll and require urgent care, you're pretty much soft killed or going to be crippled for life. Health care is not for everyone, and that is a travesty in a 1st world nation such as ours. Greed is a bottomless pit which undermines any civilization following it in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.

  26. Study to be a nurse and you don’t need to go to the doctor that much.

  27. Can you pls do a antropology crash course?

  28. If I've learned one thing in this whole series, it's that it's hard to be a non-white non-male in society.

    (but yes, I've learned a lot of other things, too. This was a great series!)

  29. I had a ton of fun reinforcing what i learned in my introduction to sociology class through watching this series, thanks!

  30. I need contact details mam please provide

  31. A big THANK YOU for this course! Really, really enjoyable! 🙂

  32. Great course! I watched all of it and loved it. Im going to watch all the other crash courses now!

  33. Great course! Thank to Nicole, all the writers and the rest of the team. You never forget being awesome!

  34. Thank you Nicole Sweeney. You’re amazing! I learned a lot!

  35. Man I am disappointed that you ended this here. Why? This course has been exclusively America-centric (not counting the theories, which were mostly a history lesson). Isn't there some place I can get sociology information on, say, European, Asian, or African countries? Knowing about the inner workings of other societies is extremely important when confronting issues with ours.

  36. Am not from US so not sure this is a good topic for me. Could be more general 😏

  37. Meanwhile, Israel has state-funded basic healthcare for all citizens. By "basic" I mean "Covers most common drugs and procedures with very small participation fee".

    A visit to your physician is literally free of charge. Seeing an expert in a specific field is around 6$.
    A visit to the ER costs around 40$ if you decide to go on your own, or completely free of charge if a doctor sends you there/if you end up needing to get hospitalized/have a time-sensitive kind of condition, such as a stroke or heart attack.
    Dental care is free under 18, and basic dental care is fairly inexpensive [prices of more complicated or cosmetic stuff can skyrocket, though].
    The burden on the taxpayer is pretty tiny, and most people rely on the public healthcare system.
    It's far from perfect, obviously. But it works pretty well for the most part.

    [And for the record, Israel's economy in the last 20 years is mostly neo-liberal and hyper-capitalistic. And yet nobody seriously suggests taking the healthcare system down.]

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