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What is a public health insurance plan?

Romesh Nalliah
Dentist

A public health insurance plan is one that is funded by public money (taxpayers). In the United States, public health insurance varies from state to state and there is no perfect system. Successful public health medicine programs exist in other countries. For example, Canada and Australia have excellent public health systems, however, these are much smaller countries than the United States and questions exist over whether a similar model would be sustainable in America. In these foreign models, patients are placed on a waiting list for non urgent care.

In the United States, Medicare and Medicaid are two forms of public health insurance. Medicare is for people over the age of 65. Medicaid is for individuals with extremely limited finances.  

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