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International Healthcare

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The United States has the most expensive healthcare system in the world. However, the World Health Organization ranks the United States' healthcare system at 37th in terms of quality and fairness. What accounts for this disparity?

In Sick Around the World, Frontline explores how five other capitalist democracies (the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland) administer their healthcare programs, and what the U.S. can learn from these countries. (Click on link below for more information)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/view/

Also, in response to rising healthcare costs in the U.S., some countries are offering Americans first-rate medical care at dramatically low prices. Americans who cannot afford healthcare are going to countries like Thailand and India for medical procedures. The Apollo Group, the largest hospital group in India, is trying to establish India as the world’s destination for healthcare. (Click on link below for more information)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSNsnKLUCdg

After comparing the healthcare programs of other industrialized nations, what can the U.S. do to improve its healthcare system? Also, is medical tourism to countries like India a viable solution/alternative? Join us as we discuss these issues.

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Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.