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 healthcare 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 how other advanced capitalist democracies -- United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland-- deliver healthcare and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures."--Container.
Publisher: [S.l.] : WGBH Educational Foundation ; distributed by PBS Home Video, c2008.
ISBN: 9780793694570
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (55 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Frontline (Television program)


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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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