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Today’s “must Reid”

Last year, long-time overseas journalist T.R. Reid put together an excellent TV show on PBS about health care around the world. You can still watch it online and read excerpts and explanations here. Today in the Washington Post, one can read an engaging essay entitled “5 Myths About Health Care Around the World” in which Reid synthesizes much of what he made so clear and understandable in that show.

Here are five myths he exposes as demonstrably false:

1. It’s all socialized medicine out there.

2. Overseas, care is rationed through limited choices or long lines.

3. Foreign health-care systems are inefficient, bloated bureaucracies.

4. Cost controls stifle innovation.

5. Health insurance has to be cruel.

Urge your friends – especially those people who still continue to harbor concerns about the modest reform proposals under consideration in Washington – to read it.

 

2 Comments


  1. Military Project

    August 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    even the jobless have their medical care paid for in all of these countries that have not squandered their national wealth on military spending like we have. US Out Of Afganistan!!

  2. Martha Sachs

    August 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    There needs to be MUCH more widely available information explaining that ( unlke the system in Great Britain ) the option proposed here would be publicly FINANCED, but PRIVATELY provided.

    Also, if we would eliminate the ” Cap ” on Social Security deductions ( now @ $106,000 ) or even raise it to $500,000, and include ALL state and local government emplyees, we could eliminate the” looming crisis “.

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