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A Must-Read, Excellent book!,
This review is from: The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care (Hardcover)The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T. R. Reid
"The Healing of America" is a must-read book that seeks a cure for our ailing, unfair, and absurdly expensive health care system. Longtime correspondent for the Washington Post, commentator and accomplished author T.R. Reid masterfully goes on a global quest to find the answers to our failing system while simultaneously seeking a cure to his ailing right shoulder. This is one of the most enlightening books I have read on this highly-debated an incendiary topic. This excellent, informative 303-page book includes the following thirteen chapters: 1. A Quest for Two Cures, 2. Different Models, Common Principles, 3. The Paradox, 4. France: The Vital Card, 5. Germany: "Applied Christianity", 6. Japan: Bismarck on Rice, 7. The UK: Universal Coverage, No Bills, 8. Canada: "Sorry to Keep You Waiting", 9. Out of Pocket, 10. Too Big to Change?, 11. An Apple a Day, 12. The First... Read more
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Good with an asterisk,
This review is from: The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care (Paperback)
So much of the book is great. Reid spends quite a bit of time weaving comparative health care economics of the developed world through the anecdote of his chronically injured shoulder. This book has a lot of valuable information in it and generally I think he does a pretty good and fair job of comparing various health care economies on at least an introductory level.
The bad part is that he has a slant and penchant for pseudoscience in medicine. He talks about Ayurvedic medicine as the only thing that works for his shoulder blah blah blah. It doesn't necessarily take away at all from the overall theme and economic imperatives from the book. I just wish he didn't induce credulous nonsense along with it. Still very much worth a read though.
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Reid is a journalist who has an excellent writing style,
This review is from: The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care (Paperback)A superb book. T.R. Reid is a journalist who has an excellent writing style. He identifies and examines all of the various types of health care systems in the world--Single Payer, which we are hearing so much about today and which our Medicare system is; the Bismarck Model of private (NON PROFIT) insurance companies; the Beveridge model, which is actual "socialized" medicine; the U.S. model, which actually is a dysfunctional conglomeration of the 3 previous models PLUS, the primary private for profit system that delivers substandard health care to a majority of the population.
As numerous studies have shown, even with "Obamacare", the U.S. has the least effective health care system in the developed world, with even some developing nations providing superior care to their populations than the current system provides citizens of the U.S. Though written before Obamacare, a careful reading of the book will tell readers, while an improvement over what we had,... Read more