T.R. Reid: Will American healthcare compete with world after Obamacare?
Scott LaMar | 09.11.13
What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Thursday, September 12, 2013:
In his 2010 book, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, T.R. Reid described the healthcare provided and available in several industrialized democratic nations and compared what he found to healthcare in the U.S.
Even though we've heard many times that America has the best healthcare in the world, Reid didn't agree and concluded the U.S. ranked down on the list of nations in quality and availability of care and especially in costs. The U.S. spends 17% of its Gross National Product on healthcare -- much more than other countries.
Reid's book was written before implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. One of its major components -- insurance exchanges or marketplaces where the uninsured can shop for low-cost insurance are about to begin in October.
In this episode of Radio Smart Talk, T.R. Reid discusses Obamacare: what it has or could accomplish, if it goes far enough, and will it work to control costs and improve quality.
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Watch T.R. Reid on witf TV- September 12th at 8 p.m. witf.org
Be sure to tune in to witf TV's Smart Talk Thursday Sept. 12th at 8 p.m. for a deeper conversation with T.R. Reid about the changing tide of healthcare and especially the October 1 launch of health-insurance exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
Author T.R. Reid in the witf studio discussing Obamacare on Radio Smart Talk.