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Washington Post correspondent Reid (The United States of Europe) explores health-care systems around the world in an effort to understand why the U.S. remains the only first world nation to refuse its citizens universal health care. Neither financial prudence nor concern for the commonweal explains the American position, according to Reid, whose findings divulge that the U.S. not only spends more money on health care than any other nation but also leaves 45 million residents uninsured, allowing about 22,000 to die from easily treatable diseases. Seeking treatment for the flareup of an old shoulder injury, he visits doctors in the U.S., France, Germany, Japan and England—with a stint in an Ayurvedic clinic in India—in a quest for treatment that dovetails with his search for a cure for America's health-care crisis, a narrative device that sometimes feels contrived, but allows him valuable firsthand experience. For all the scope of his research and his ability to mint neat rebuttals to the common American misconception that universal health care is socialized medicine, Reid neglects to address the elephant in the room: just how are we to sell these changes to the mighty providers and insurers? (Sept.)
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"Important and powerful... a rich tour of health care around the world." --Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
"You don't necessarily realize it while you're reading, but you're talking Comparative Health Economics 101. With a really fun professor." --Daily Kos
"Not many writers of any ilk... can match T.R. Reid's ability to bring a light, witty touch to really serious topics--like health policy around the globe." --New America Foundation
Great read! Easy to understand and read, quite interesting and eye openingPublished 10 days ago by cblovo
One of the better overall analysis into what makes good national health policy.Published 1 month ago by Charlie Foxtrot
I don't know what state TR Reid resides in, but he is currently in Colorado trying to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with a plan that has been reported by the Denver Post in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robin Ferruggia
A must read for anyone trying to understand where the USA needs to go in the delivery of appropriate indicated health care at a reasonable cost and in a timely fashion as we... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Robert E. Sax
Great book that offers a good summary of healthcare system in different countries!Published 1 month ago by Maria
As usual, T.R. Reid presents an unbiased picture of how things we take for granted actually work elsewhere in the world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Sullivan
Excellent explanation of the global health care system and its relationship to the U.S. system. A must read.Published 2 months ago by Anne Tudor
If you have concerns or negative experiences working with our pathetic national health care/insurance monopoly system. . . . . . . you MUST read this book!!Published 2 months ago by yawnny