Health Care in America: Looking for Real Answers
Posted: 24 Nov 2009 07:22 AM PST
While we recommend many books at the Axis of Justice, this one is particularly clear-eyed and relevant to issues of today.
We feel that “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care” is important reading because the author, T.R. Reid, does a real survey of the different kinds of health care systems across the globe, looking at the pros and cons of each. In addition, in each of these countries, the author seeks treatment for his own chronic health condition, so he can report first-hand what it is like.
The book shows that there are many different forms of health care systems, not just the “free market” vs. “socialism” arguments we get here in America. There are private-run health care models that cover everyone and cost less. There are single payer insurance models, government-run models, and outright “if you’re poor, you die” models. Reid shows that each of these models have their strengths and weaknesses, and that some hard decisions have to be made in each case.
Despite the variety of health care systems, Reid does have to conclude that the US health care system ranks near the bottom of the industrialized world, no matter how you look at it.
If this is an issue that is important to you, you really need to read this book.