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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Discusses successful health-care systems worldwide, disproving American myths of "socialized medicine" to find possible paths toward reform.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410422903
1410422909
Branch Call Number: LT 362.1097 REID
Characteristics: 447 pages (large type) ; 23 cm

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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!!

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tirjan
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!

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williamhack0
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.

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Dino789
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.

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cuwabig1
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.

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StarGladiator
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.

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bjcefola
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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