The Healing of America: a Global Quest For Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T.R. Reid (362.109 REI)
What to do about the state of health care in America? This is a question that has been dominating today's headlines. Washington Post journalist Reid approaches the issue from an unique angle--he travels to several countries with different health insurance systems to find relief for his aching shoulder. Along the way, Reid describes the differences among the systems focusing on coverage, cost, and quality. From the private non-profit health insurance plans of France and Germany to the goverment financed National Health Insurance system in Great Britain, Reid visits highly regarded doctors and explores what works and what does not about each plan. This thought provoking book asks the question, "Does a wealthy country have an ethical obligation to provide access to health care for everybody?"