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The Healing of America: 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.

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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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

New York Times-bestselling author Reid shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the U.S. can't seem to do: provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost.

Synopsis:

A New Yorkand#160;Times Bestseller

With an Explanation of the 2010 Healthand#160;Reformand#160;Bill

Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid visits industrialized democracies around the world--France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and beyond--to provide a revelatory tour of successful, affordable universal health care systems. Now updated with new statistics and a plain-English explanation of the 2010 health care reform bill, The Healing of America is required reading for all those hoping to understand the state of health care in our country, and around the world.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Bestseller

With an Explanation of the 2010 Health Reform Bill

Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid visits industrialized democracies around the world--France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and beyond--to provide a revelatory tour of successful, affordable universal health care systems. Now updated with new statistics and a plain-English explanation of the 2010 health care reform bill, The Healing of America is required reading for all those hoping to understand the state of health care in our country, and around the world.

About the Author

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.

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MAA, March 29, 2010 (view all comments by MAA)
Worthwhile read, with significant caveats. Well written narrative about the author's search for relief from a bum shoulder, and his observations about the various 'sick care' systems he visits. His basic point -- that the US care system has problems, and we can learn from others -- is obviously true. And he adds to the discussion with his own case-in-point. However, he has missed, or glossed over, some obvious factors, and drawn what I see as weakly supported conclusions. He is not alone here: much of the debate in the US misses major points, showing what I believe to be significant unexamined biases and prejudices. 1st major point: the best relief he receives is from ... India, using non-allopathic medicine [non-Western MD]. The treatment philosophy? The body heals itself. The result? He is more or less pain free at low cost now without further interventions, whereas Western medicine only offered ongoing steroids, or significant surgery, at significant cost. He also notes the significant role of public health, versus individual treatment, but then drops that as he focuses back on sick care. So why does he go on & tout expensive drug & surgery Western medicine as the 'cure'? Probably a significant bias/prejudice in favor of Western medicine, notwithstanding his own experience. 2nd major point: he notes that all the 'universal health care' systems are struggling with costs ... but then more or less drops the subject as if all these wealthy nations are going to somehow solve that problem. With respect to Europe & Japan, if you've been reading the news lately, all have significant economic problems: Greece essentially bankrupt, with Portugal, Ireland, and Italy on the cusp. Why? Costs for social welfare far exceeding revenues, with no politically palatable way of resolving issue, short of borrowing from others (deferring problem to the future). If we adopt their model, we get ... major economic problems (as if we didn't have enough already). 3d major point: he neglects to compare the US to the other, now former, superpower, Russia fka USSR, or to the upcoming superpower, China. He does note that China has moved from a universal system run by the state, to a private out=of-pocket, but again, leaves that dangling. And India, the other large country with a diverse population, also has an out-of-pocket non-universal system, and it is the one place he gets a cure! Hmm ... . Goes to show you that theory triumphs over facts -- here, that Western medicine is the 'cure' for 'health care,' and that the US should follow other Western European models, notwithstanding his own case. He ignores the lessons of these 3 'non-Western' countries, which have significant attributes to be considered in the mix: they have populations comparable to the US - large (100 million+) ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse/heterogeneous, unlike the much smaller, homogenous, and richer populations of the richer Western countries he surveys. 4th major point: he focuses on 'ethics' and 'morals' of care, even though 'values' would be a more descriptive, unloaded, term. One of the challenges we face is heterogeneous values -- we simply don't agree on all things, in part because many of us came from different cultures. Speaking of values: why does he implicitly elevate health care over food security, housing, clothing? These 3 are far more basic - and I would submit - important. Why does he elevate taking care of our own already rich country, when most of the world doesn't have even food or shelter? 5th major point: he doesn't discuss the doctor & nurse shortages we have in the US, or how we might address that. In short: He doesn't even address, much less answer, many of these questions. He may ultimately be right, but he doesn't demonstrate it here: in fact, his own example undercuts it. Phew ... So ... worth reading, but doesn't provide well-supported answers, and in that sense, misleading. Disclaimer: my spouse is an allopathic physician (MD) practicing a hybrid of allopathic & 'healing touch' medicine in the US, outside of the insurance-funded system by choice (cash at the time of service) because she can then spend more time with her patients. I practiced law advising health practitioners and insurers for over a decade, authoring short articles on health care antitrust.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594202346
Subtitle:
A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
Author:
Reid, T. R.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Medical care -- United States.
Subject:
Medical policy -- United States.
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
Health Policy
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 b/w illustrations
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.38x6.40x.98 in. 1.15 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , New York Times-bestselling author Reid shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the U.S. can't seem to do: provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost.
"Synopsis" by ,
A New Yorkand#160;Times Bestseller

With an Explanation of the 2010 Healthand#160;Reformand#160;Bill

Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid visits industrialized democracies around the world--France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and beyond--to provide a revelatory tour of successful, affordable universal health care systems. Now updated with new statistics and a plain-English explanation of the 2010 health care reform bill, The Healing of America is required reading for all those hoping to understand the state of health care in our country, and around the world.

"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Times Bestseller

With an Explanation of the 2010 Health Reform Bill

Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid visits industrialized democracies around the world--France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and beyond--to provide a revelatory tour of successful, affordable universal health care systems. Now updated with new statistics and a plain-English explanation of the 2010 health care reform bill, The Healing of America is required reading for all those hoping to understand the state of health care in our country, and around the world.

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