The Healing of America by T. R. Reid
A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care

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Bestselling author T. R. Reid guides a whirlwind tour of successful health care systems worldwide, revealing possible paths toward U.S. reform.

In The Healing of America, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the United States can’t seem to do: provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost.

In his global quest to find a possible prescription, Reid visits wealthy, free market, industrialized democracies like our own—including France, Germany, Japan, the U.K., and Canada—where he finds inspiration in example. Reid shares evidence from doctors, government officials, health care experts, and patients the world over, finding that foreign health care systems give everybody quality care at an affordable cost. And that dreaded monster “socialized medicine” turns out to be a myth. Many developed countries provide universal coverage with private doctors, private hospitals, and private insurance.

In addition to long-established systems, Reid also studies countries that have carried out major health care reform. The first question facing these countries—and the United States, for that matter—is an ethical issue: Is health care a human right? Most countries have already answered with a resolute yes, leaving the United States in the murky moral backwater with nations we typically think of as far less just than our own.

The Healing of America lays bare the moral question at the heart of our troubled system, dissecting the misleading rhetoric surrounding the health care debate. Reid sees problems elsewhere, too: He finds poorly paid doctors in Japan, endless lines in Canada, mistreated patients in Britain, spartan facilities in France. Still, all the other rich countries operate at a lower cost, produce better health statistics, and cover everybody. In the end, The Healing of America is a good news book: It finds models around the world that Americans can borrow to guarantee health care for everybody who needs it.

About T. R. Reid

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T. R. Reid is a longtime correspondent for The Washington Post and former chief of its Tokyo and London bureaus as well as a commentator for National Public Radio. His books include The United States of Europe, The Chip, and Confucius Lives Next Door.
Published August 31, 2010 by Penguin Books. 303 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Reid repeats the same rhetorical question: “Does a wealthy country have an ethical obligation to provide access to health care for everybody?” For Reid, the answer is obviously yes.

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In particular, he examines the French, Canadian, German, Japanese, and British systems, alongside the pushes for reform that recently gave Sweden and Taiwan brand-new health care systems.The result is a sort of health policy travelogue: Reid flies around the world, investigating the workings of t...

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Reid states, “If (she)…had lived in, say, Japan—the world’s second richest nation—or Germany—third richest, or Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, Sweden, etc., the health care system there would have given her the standard treatment for lupus, and she could have lived a normal life span.” Her...

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Reid.Describes health care models in free-market economies that provide health care for everyone at a reasonable cost.

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After all his research, Reid says he feels like he "nailed" the questions of how to go about providing health care to a whole society and why it's been done by so many advanced nations, including Britain, France, Japan and Germany.

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