With the healthcare debate raging, I decided to check out T. R. Reid's book The Healing of America: a Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care. Mr. Reid has some pain in his shoulder and decides to travel the world to see what kind of medical care he gets. Although he does make a stop in India, most of the countries he chooses to visit have some kind of national health care system that covers all of its citizens. He finds that these countries have all found different ways to administer their national health care systems with varied combinations of public and private providers. He gives a short history of how they developed their models and the successes and drawbacks of their systems. This is a great, accessible resource to get you thinking about the issue of health care in our country and help you decide where you stand.
The Healing of America