Health Topic

In Sick Around the World, FRONTLINE teams up with veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent T.R. Reid to find out how five other capitalist democracies — the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland — deliver health care, and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures.


There are about 200 countries on our planet, and each country devises its own set of arrangements for meeting the three basic goals of a health care system: keeping people healthy, treating the sick, and protecting families against financial ruin from medical bills.

But we don’t have to study 200 different systems to get a picture of how other countries manage health care. For all the local variations, health care systems tend to follow general patterns. There are four basic systems:


What are some of the main features of the healthcare systems in:






























Understanding USA Healthcare System


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High Price of Health



After watching the video – “High Price of Health” answer the following questions:

  1. What does Malik Hasan M.D., CEO of Foundation Health Systems say about making healthcare more “efficient” ?



  2. What are the doctor’s concerns about the new reality of insurance companies dictating what services they will or will not pay for?



  1.  What is some of the impact on healthcare to patients as the result of this cost cutting?



Writing Assignment: Is the business model (efficiency, assembly line model, profit motive) the best model to use for delivering medical services? Explain using examples.

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