Live Long …. If You’re Rich
Health Care Deteriorates Around the World
by Martine Bulard
Even as the United States attempts to reform its health care failures, which cause premature death and financial ruin for many, nations the world over have — or are falling back into — ineffective and dysfunctional systems of health care.
Healthcare reform is sweeping the globe: America, Asia, Africa, Europe. This is good in principle since the number of neglected health needs and pandemics demands urgent change. But while the United States and China (once an enthusiastic convert to privatization) are now trying to limit market practice in healthcare and establish universal coverage, the rest of the world is reducing state input and mutual health insurance schemes. Just as the US market-driven model has proven ineffective, other countries are turning to it.