Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Financing Health Care - Part 1
Lecture:Types of Health Care Systems
Slide content:NHS Patient Fees Services free until the early 1950s 2007 out-of-pocket average cost U.K. $343 in U.S. dollars U.S. $890 in U.S. dollars Help keep health care affordable: Fixed rate for prescriptions Fee exemptions Caps on cost of dental procedures 14
Slide notes:All NHS services were free until the early 1950s, when the NHS began charging some fees for prescriptions and dental work. Today, cash payments made by NHS patients are modest. In 2007, the average citizen paid the equivalent of 343 U.S. dollars out-of-pocket for health care expenses. By comparison, in that year the average U.S. citizen paid 890 dollars. NHS patients now pay a fixed rate for prescriptions, but there are fee exemptions for certain populations, such as cancer patients, low-income patients, and children. Dental costs are capped by procedure. Health IT Workforce Curriculum Version 4.0 14