In the United States
most citizens are not covered by any form of national health
insurance. Most health insurance is through one's
employer, while the poor are eligible for Medicaid and the
elderly get some help from Medicare. You can choose
your doctor and your hospital - although the choice may be
limited under managed care - but the choice is not always
easy. Physicians Directories and Hospital Directories
can give you information, and organizations like
qualitycheck.org have reviewed and rated doctors and
Health Insurance and Medical Practice issues loom larger in the United States than in most other developed nations because the U.S. does not have a national healthcare system. Providers are networked onto panels of managed care companies which often
control which treatments will be paid for.
If you lose your job you may need temporary health insurance to cover you
until you get another job that has health insurance benefits. Resources on
this site can help you find temporary health insurance.