First Advisor

Axford, Rita

Second Advisor

Bowie, Thomas


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

158 pages


Healthcare in the United States (US) is a two trillion dollar market, approximately the size of China's gross national product (GNP) (Herzlinger, 2007, p. 1). Although the United States spends at least 40% more on healthcare than any other country in the world (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2004, 51), the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked the United States healthcare system 37th of 191 countries (World Health Organization [WHO], 2000, Annex Table 1). The United States leads the world in technology and innovation, and since 1975 has won more Nobel Prizes in healthcare than all other nations combined (Gratzer, 2005, p. 124). Nonetheless, more than 47 million Americans1 remain uninsured with no access to regular healthcare services (US Census Bureau, 2007). Billions of dollars are spent each year and new medical technology abounds. However, healthcare in the United States still remains problematic, demanding immediate attention, because the US continues to hold on to an antithetical idea of what healthcare should be. There is no doubt that that quality healthcare can be obtained in the United States; however, the paradigm under which healthcare is delivered and the beliefs about health in this country have created widespread problems throughout the healthcare system.

Date of Award

Spring 2008

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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