Health care is the No. 1 cause for bankruptcies in America , outpacing bankruptcies due to credit-card bills or unpaid mortgages, according to new data. And even having health insurance doesn’t buffer consumers against financial hardship. The United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland did not report a single bankruptcy connected to medical care costs.
T.R. Reid acknowledges this fact and many others when investigating foreign health care systems for an answer to American Health Care Reform. In his most resent book, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care, Reid uncovers the popularized myth that universal coverage must be achieved through “socialized medicine”. Reid looks to fellow affluent, free market democracies that successfully (according to public surveys) provide health care coverage to all. Moreover, Reid discovers during his research that other countries consider health care to be an essential human right. These and many other issues will be discussed during his upcoming talk.
T.R. Reid is a reporter for the Washington Post, a frequent contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, host of the popular documentary Sick Around the World, and a bestselling author. After attending Princeton University, Reid served as a naval officer before becoming a journalist and correspondent.
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