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 dictate which treatments will be paid for.
Medicare does cover the elderly in the U.S., but there are huge gaps in coverage. Private medigap insurance can help.
Other practice issues are similar throughout the world. Medical equipment is expensive, and medical practices are difficult to manage. Medical billing software can cut overhead costs and insure a profitable practice. Telephones can be automated at times, still allowing for a human touch when needed. Telemedicine is shrinking the world and enabling medical practices to serve underserved area