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The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
By T. R. Reid
4.8 out of 5 stars (360 Reviews)
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Important and powerful...a rich tour of health care around the world."
-Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times


How is it that all other industrialized democracies provide health care for their citizens as a reasonable cost-something the United States has never managed to do? In The Healing of America, New York Times bestselling author T.S. Reid shows how they do it, bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way. In his global quest to find a prescription for American health care, Reid finds that it's not all "socialized medicine" out there. Instead, many industrialized democracies rely on free-market models the U.S. could use to cure a health system that has failed us.
 
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5.0 out of 5 stars.  I feel that this should be required reading so that we understand what it could be like if we ever started treating heal, May 03, 2016
By Wesley Juett
I bought this book for a class that I was taking. We were only required to read the first 5 or 6 chapters, but it was so engrossing that I finished the whole thing. As an American, I feel that this should be required reading so that we understand what it could be like if we ever started treating healthcare like a human right instead of the commodity that it currently is. While I don't think the answer is socialized healthcare, we need to be willing to make some compromises in order to better help our citizens. This book gives several different examples of how this could possibly work using Germany and Japan as examples that we could follow.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Five Stars, April 29, 2016
By flafreethinker
Great book. A must read for every person in the U.S.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  FYI...very informative, April 28, 2016
By kjforce
Rec'd the book the next day...enjoying the read....highly recommend for anyone in the Healthcare field ....

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Early-on coverage of a very important topic, April 27, 2016
By jgh
Everyone should read Mr. Reid's book, an early take on what is now a "major attention" issue, the cost, quality and access to healthcare around the world, providing food for thought on our own healthcare system. The same subject was covered in a PBS documentary with a similar name, that he appeared in and narrated. No one should miss the "bitter pill" article in Time magazine from a couple of years ago either. I do hope everyone will bear in mind that there are both good guys and bad guys in the healthcare system, we just need help in figuring out who is who to achieve real reform.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  it is a perfect gift for my student who is graduating with a ..., April 26, 2016
By ALLI NATHAN
it is a perfect gift for my student who is graduating with a major in Public Health Policy at Providence College

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Another example of US Special Interests working against the Public, April 25, 2016
By Baraniecki Mark Stuart
On page 164, the author T.R.Reid says that, “....many Americans have concluded that health care reform is beyond the power of a Democratic government.” which sets the fatalistic tone of the book.

He provides an interesting round the world tour of national health care systems (and sometimes non-systems) showing for example how the French “Carte Vitale” carries a citizens entire medical history – cutting out a mass of expensive medical bureaucracy. The doctor simply slips the card into a reader and has access the patients full history right on the screen.

In Canada a single payer national (or provincial) system allows the government to tightly control all medical cost across the country, with the result that Canadians have the same average level of health as Americans at about half the cost per person.

Reid continues with the examples, making it clear that US healthcare is a disaster on any kind of cost/benefit basis, and what is even worse, he shows the US even failing on basic measures of healthcare output such as infant mortality or the DALE rating (How long an average person can expect to live without serious illness or disability) with the US in 24th position behind most developed countries – despite its sky-high spending.

He quotes Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution who said, “I look at the U.S. healthcare program and see an administrative monstrosity....”, with the reality being a fine collection of medically related special interests snuggly hooked into, and exploiting a corrupt political process. Like much else to do with the United States government, special interests are looting and impoverishing the country.

So maybe American healthcare is just one example among many, as a well connected élite live in a bubble with world-class service, while the great unwashed (general public) get on a best they can, i.e. T.R.Reid's pessimism is fully justified.

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