Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Michael Licari


Comparing international health care systems assists in identifying effective reforms to address three constant problems within health care around the globe: cost, quality and access. Until recently, the United States health care scheme has been administered through private enterprise while Canada and the United Kingdom have implemented national forms of health care. In order to determine which system more effectively deals issues related to cost, quality, and access, statistical information was gathered to compare each system based on cost, quality and access. Such statistics include but are not limited to waiting times for specialized care, financial expenditures for each country per person, life expectancy rates, infant mortality rates, obesity levels, and immunization rates. The findings conclude that the United States performs poorly when compared to Canada and the United Kingdom. However, recently enacted health care legislation will implement public health care reforms in the United States which are similar to those of the U.K. and Canada. As a result of this legislation, the United States may be able to more effectively control health care costs, increase access and consequently improve the quality of its health care system.

Year of Submission



Department of Political Science

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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