In a column by Philadelphia Inquirer's Trudy Rubin, the writer explores the health-care debate and lessons to be learned from abroad, citing former Washington Post foreign correspondent T. R. Reid's work, "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care," and the 2008 Frontline series in which Reid was an adviser: "Sick Around the World: Can the U.S. Learn Anything from the Rest of the World About How to run a Health Care System?"
The column examines a few key questions and myths surrounding the European health systems. As the video shows, in some cases the answers appear straightforward and simple and, when it comes to specialized care, work is underway to improve wait times.
Like the health reform debate currently going on here in America, there are no easy answers and, as today's editorial states, this requires an honest discussion and not partisanship.
Dawn Marie Bracely/Editorial Writer