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Sick Around the World

by Linda Ghent

"Sick around the World" examines how 5 capitalist democracies (United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland deliver health care. Comparisons are drawn between the U.S. and these countries.

It is clear that the reporter here is not neutral in his beliefs about universal health care. Therefore, the video should be taken with a grain of salt. This is why students will also need to watch John Stossel's "Sick in America" to see a different viewpoint.

What is interesting is the vast difference across health care systems around the world. It is clear that one size does not fit all. Even the universal health care plans discussed all vary tremendously in how they are managed.

Sick Around the World (Switzerland)

This clip describes the universal health care system in Switzerland, a country known for its capitalism. Comparisons to the U.S. are drawn throughout.

from Sick Around the World (2008)
Creator: Jon Palfreman
Posted by Linda Ghent