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The Healing of America is T.R Reid’s new book that covers his trip to the other industrialized nations in search for a medical solution to his injured shoulder. His book is an excellent survey of how other countries (including France, Germany, Japan, Canada and India) handle healthcare. His question is how do they provide better healthcare than the U.S. at half the cost? He answers that question, but still can’t figure out why the U.S. doesn’t do it better.I was interested to find that France has a multi-payer system, although it is closely regulated with the bottom line that people will not be charged more than fixed amounts for specific procedures. This is far from socialism. In France they have a health card, like a credit card, that has a chip in it (like AMEX) that contains the card holder’s entire medical history. So doctors have no medical records, no files, no one to figure out what is covered and what isn’t. It’s all computerized.

It’s an amazing read.

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