242. By T.R. Reid — Five Myths About Health Care in the Rest of the World – washingtonpost.com
September 6, 2009 § Leave a comment
5 Myths About Health Care Around the World By T.R. Reid Sunday, August 23, 2009
As Americans search for the cure to what ails our health-care system, we’ve overlooked an invaluable source of ideas and solutions: the rest of the world. All the other industrialized democracies have faced problems like ours, yet they’ve found ways to cover everybody — and still spend far less than we do.
I’ve traveled the world from Oslo to Osaka to see how other developed democracies provide health care. Instead of dismissing these models as “socialist,” we could adapt their solutions to fix our problems. To do that, we first have to dispel a few myths about health care abroad: