Universal Health Care
by Claudio Butticè
November 2019, 191pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6844-3
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Of the 33 developed nations across the globe, the United States is the only one without some form of universal healthcare for its citizens.

This accessibly written book explains universal healthcare; the many forms it can take; and the issues, debates, and historical context underpinning the continued struggle for its implementation in the United States.

Universal healthcare may be defined as any healthcare system that ensures at least basic coverage to most, if not all, citizens of a country. Although it may be implemented in many ways, universal healthcare has been widely accepted by international humanitarian organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) as the best way to ensure the universal human right to health. So why is the United States the only industrialized country without universal healthcare? What are the political, social, and economic factors that have prevented its successful introduction?

Universal Healthcare explores what universal healthcare is, the many forms it can take—using examples from countries around the world—and the tumultuous history of attempts to implement a system of universal healthcare in the United States. Part II delves into the contentious issues and debates surrounding adoption of universal healthcare in the United States. Lastly, Part III provides a variety of useful materials, including case studies, a timeline of critical events, a glossary, and a directory of resources.


  • Explains complex concepts and terms related to healthcare systems and healthcare coverage in simple, easy-to-understand language
  • Explores key issues and roadblocks to adoption of a universal healthcare system in the United States, including concerns over cost and quality of care
  • Provides illuminating case studies that use engaging scenarios to highlight how universal healthcare—or the lack thereof—can affect individuals and families
  • Includes a useful Directory of Resources to guide readers in their search for additional information
Claudio Butticè, PharmD, is a former clinical and hospital pharmacist who worked for several public hospitals in Italy, as well as for the humanitarian NGO Emergency. He is now an accomplished author who has written on topics such as medicine, technology, and science. His articles have appeared in such well-known publications as Cracked, The Elephant, Digital Journal, and Business Insider. Dr. Butticè has also published pharmacology and psychology papers in several clinical journals and has worked as a medical consultant and advisor for many companies across the globe.

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