The Healing of America

The Healing of America

A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care

Large Print - 2010
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Washington Post correspondent Reid 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 commonwealth 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.
Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : Thorndike Press, 2010.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410422903
Characteristics: 447 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Oct 09, 2017

I’ve now read two Global Quest books from T.R. Reid. His analysis is clear, enlightened, and entertaining. I wish decision-makers were reading them and legislating accordingly.

Like he did with taxation (A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System), he shows how other modern, prosperous countries have addressed the question of health care successfully. Reid samples health care in six countries: France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, Canada, and India. He shows how each has adopted and adapted one of four commonly used healthcare models: Bismarck, Beveridge, National Health Insurance, or Out-of-Pocket. The United States follows a unique model that compares poorly on most measures of benefit/effect and costs far more as measured by percentage of GDP.

To adopt a better system, the U.S. must first decide that the nation has a moral obligation to provide healthcare. Then, we can address the basic problems of cost, coverage, and quality. We also have to let go of the myths that prevent clear assessment of the issues, starting with “American exceptionalism,” the notion that no other country has useful ideas.

Cynthia_N May 17, 2017

Surely someone has sent this book to our Congress!! Great book that examines the healthcare systems (through studies and experiences) of multiple developed nations. Shows the pluses and minuses of them. I feel so much more informed on what we should be looking for as we look to change our current system. I like that the author did not make any suggestions on how to fix ours just presented the information. Highly recommended!!

May 06, 2017

A must read for anybody who is interested in the American health care system and how it might be improved. Very interesting read, highly recommended!

May 03, 2016

The UK has had National health care for 70 years, but people with cancer wait 6 months for care. Everyone who can afford to pay for private healthcare does so. Socialism and national health care just do not work, yet authors like Reid keep telling us it does. The book is full of lies and reminds me of reading an Obama or Clinton Book.

Jan 28, 2016

Many people assert that the United States has the best heath care system in the world; this book should disabuse them of that misunderstanding. As T.R. Reid thoroughly demonstrates, ours is perhaps the worst among first-world countries, giving us overall worse outcomes. People are persuaded that because the occasional Saudi prince or parents of conjoined twins come here for surgeries that ours must be the best, but higher infant mortality and overall lower longevity indicate the reverse. This book is for those who want change and provides the evidence that should provoke that change. I wish every Congress member would read it.

Mar 05, 2015

Very good book by a reporter on the U.S. health system, by means of comparing it with the health systems in the U.K., France, India, Japan, etc. His family went with him to these countries and, in addition to statistical comparisons across the countries, he compares the experiences of his family in receiving care in each country. Very enlightening.

Jan 17, 2014

It's not a bad book, but it's not outstanding, either, just another author rehashing the same ground, while offering nothing new. The Publishers Weekly reviewer correctly hits the target with, ". . .Reid neglects to address the elephant in the room: just how are we to sell these changes to the mighty providers and insurers?"
Let's examine exactly who owns the major health insurers, beginning with one just in the news, Anthem, which is purchasing Cigna to make it the number two insurer - - so who owns or is the majority investor in Anthem?
Vanguard Group, T. Rowe Price, State Street Corp. and FMR LLC [Fidelity]. So who owns T. Rowe Price?
Vanguard Group, State Street Corp., JPMorgan Chase and BlackRock.
So who owns JPMorgan Chase?
Vanguard Group, State Street Corp., FMR LLC and BlackRock. [Applies to number one, Aetna, and number three, UnitedHealth.] Now you know the answer.

Feb 09, 2013

Very readable introduction to national health care systems. Describes the failings of pre-ACA U.S. care and how they do it differently (and generally better) in a sampling of other countries.

Worth reading for the stories of how systems in other countries came to be, evolving out of particular social and political contexts.


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