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Seeking a Health System that Could Work

Seeking a Health System that Could Work

April 4, 2008

This looks like it could be really good. The PBS series, FRONTLINE will present SICK AROUND THE WORLD on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS. Here's part of the release:

Four in five Americans say the U.S. health-care system needs “fundamental” change. Can the U.S. learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a health care system, or are these nations so culturally different from us that their solutions would simply not be acceptable to Americans? FRONTLINE teams up with T.R. Reid, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, to find out how five other capitalist democracies—United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland—deliver health care and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures. In Sick Around the World, Reid turns up remarkable differences in how these countries handle health care—from Japan, where a night in a hospital can cost as little as $10, to Switzerland, where the president of the country tells Reid it would be a “huge scandal” if someone were to go bankrupt from medical bills.