In this must-see speech author T.R. Reid touches on the many points brought up in his New York Times Bestseller “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care.”
Moving and humorous at turns, Reid begins by posing the question: How come all the other advanced, industrialized, free market democracies -- countries just like us -- manage to provide health care for everybody, of high quality, and still spend half as much as we do?
He then retells his own experiences traveling the world, interviewing everyone from health ministers and leaders of state to doctors and patients about the realities of their own health care systems.
We’re so used to seeing the health care debate chopped down into sound bites or insults, or talked around in political speeches. But take a moment for this serious topic, one that -- as Reid argues -- is just as much about our own sense of morality as it is about economics or politics.
You can also catch excerpts from the new documentary by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), Money-Driven Medicine, which is airing as part of the Link TV special Can We Really Fix U.S. Health Care? Money-Driven Medicine provides the essential introduction Americans need to become knowledgeable participants in health care reform, and asks the central question: Can a health system designed to turn a profit also meet the needs of the people it serves?
Also, check out Reid's "Five Myths About Health Care in the Rest of the World" from The Washington Post.