In chapter 3 of staying alive, we focused on the political economic perspective of health in countries, particularly Canada and the US. A key term that the chapter mentioned was neo-liberalism. It is used to describe free policies or to trade that control economic factors while overlooking the need of poverty in the world. neo-liberalism is also used to describe human well-being and a high GNP is needed for a country to have a good health care system.
Before the reading of this chapter, I knew that the main differences between public and private health care services of funding between the U. S and Canada were vastly different. But the fact that each system had many different extremities, I did not know. Now after reading this chapter I now know that healthcare in the U. S has a distribution of equity problems and that Canada needs to reduce wait times in the emergency department as it hurts patients with access block to doctors and medical machines.