Written by Kao-Ping Chua
AMSA, Jack Rutledge, Fellow, 2005-2006
February 10, 2006
INTRODUCTION: The U.S. health care systemis the subject ofmuchpolarizing debate. At one extreme are those who argue that Americans have the “best health care systemin the world”, pointing to the freely available medicaltechnology and state-of-the-artfacilities that have becomeso highly symbolic of the system. At the other extreme are those who berate the American systemas being fragmented and inefficient, pointing to the fact that America spends more on health care than any other country in the world yet still suffers frommassive uninsurance, uneven quality, and administrative waste.