Sick Around the World

Sick Around the World

DVD - 2008
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"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 correspondent T.R. Reid examines first-hand the health-care systems of other advanced capitalist democracies -- UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Taiwan -- to see what tried and tested ideas might help us reform our broken health-care system."--Frontline web site.
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Video, [2008]
ISBN: 9780793694570
Branch Call Number: DVD 362.1 SIC


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Mar 04, 2018

The main problem with this documentary, which generally does a good job in informing the viewer, is how absolutely striking the bias is. The U.S. health care system is, certainly, a complete mess as far as rising costs and governmental gridlock goes. Other nations have tried far different systems. Yet things aren't a matter of black and white. Many other countries have been plauged with issues about high prices and shrinking access to care just like the U.S. has. The 'U.S. = bad' and 'not U.S. = good' slant glosses over a lot. So, while the documentary is somewhat worth watching, a lot of points need to be taken with a grain of salt.


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