Comparing Public Policy in the U.S. & Great Britain


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What is the term for the healthcare system in the UK?

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1. Describe defense spending in the United States.

2. What is the name of the social security program in the UK?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While the US and UK have many similarities in government spending in terms of public policy, there are several significant differences between the two countries. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of the names and types of programs each government subsidizes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To be successful on this quiz, you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • The definition of defense spending
  • Healthcare and social security programs in the UK
  • Details of Medicare coverage
  • Monetary effects of public policy on education

Skills Practiced

You will also have the opportunity to practice these related skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on public policy in the US and UK
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast government programs provided in the US and UK
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about healthcare, education and defense programs

Additional Learning

The objectives of this lesson, titled Comparing Public Policy in the U.S. & Great Britain, are:

  • Discuss percentage of federal funding allocated to healthcare in the US and UK, highlighting the role of the Affordable Care Act
  • Analyze the contrasting philosophies of government spending for military expenses in each country
  • Explain that social security spending, while similar in each country, is considered a 'third rail' topic only in the United States