Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Humanities & Communication


Currently, in the United States health care is a matter of great moral, social and political significance. A rising number of uninsured and underinsured are excluded from medical services, charged more for medical services and die because they do not receive or cannot afford timely care. There is a growing movement to overturn the current health care system. Should every citizen have a right to health care? What type of health care system is best – single-payer, socialized or market-based? What type of health care system can we, as a country, afford? In this paper we analyzed the historical origins and influences, which led to the development of our current market-based system. Our paper also examines the way the current health care systems function and explores the systems of Germany, Canada and Cuba as a way of providing a basis for thinking about health care reform in the United States. We hope to provide our readers with information that informs their deliberations about health care.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Division of Humanities and Communication