Host a Watch Party for "Sick Around the World"

Host a Watch Party for "Sick Around the World"

    1. Timothy Foley
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      Timothy Foley

      New York, NY

PBS is justifiably proud of this episode of Frontline which explored how universal health care has been enacted in Britain, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland, with an eye towards what the United States can learn as we develop our own system of universal health care... so much so that it's available on iTunes and on their Web site for free.

If other members of the G8 enter our consciousness in discussing American health care, it’s often in highly misleading old wives tales.  Not all universal health care systems are single-payer, nor does an increased role for government automatically lead to deficient quality and efficiency.

Pledge to invite 7 to 10 friends over to watch this 56 minute special.  Talk about it, and share with us what you think is the most important lesson for crafting our own universal health care system.

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    • Kate Schwarz COUPEVILLE, WA
      • over 5 years ago

      This is the time to frame the debate which will occur around health care reform.  Thsi debate needs to be driven not by insurers and big pharma but by sonsumers of heatlh care.

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    • james elder RIVIERA BEACH, FL
      • over 5 years ago

      This show explains how other countries run their Health care systems . PBS does a real good job . It will put some clarity to your perceptions on National Health care systems . Every
      one of us have to work on fixing this . Remember to call your reps and urge them to attend the hearings this Wednesday the 25th in the Rayburn building at 2pm . Insist on a public plan such as Medicare for all .

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    • Linda Kavalec FREDERICK, MD
      • over 5 years ago

      The US health care system is a for profit system monopolized by the American Medical Associaiton, insurance companies, the American Hospital Association and the pharmaceutical industry.  This documentary clearly displays the benefits of a non-profit preventive health care system.  Nursing in the U.S. has been advocating for universal, non-profit health care since its beginnings.  The primary patient advocates (nurses) need to unite and have a leadership voice in the imminent changes in the U.S. health care system to ensure the changes benefit the people...what are we waiting for? The time is now...pass it on! 

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      • over 5 years ago

      We need a national health program that covers everyone and is publicly funded by everyone. I want to help make that happen.
      I was a country doctor in Applalachia from the time I was 26 until I was 60. Now I do full time geriatrics and I know that Medicare can work for everyone

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    • Beverly Tchang NEW YORK, NY
      • over 5 years ago

      I thought this was very good in giving profiles of different healthcare systems that are worth comparison with the US's, but it felt like a cursory analysis to me. I would have liked a deeper conversation about how systems came about and why the US is different. Is it a cultural difference? Governmental difference? Money?

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