T.R. Reid outlined four models of healthcare around the world currently in use in this country.
by Jan Johnson for The Lund Report, July 29, 2015
When T.R. Reid was bureau chief in Japan for The Washington Post, he wondered why healthcare prices were a tenth of what he paid in the U.S. “Japan has the oldest population and the healthiest. Those two shouldn’t go together.”
The author of the bestseller The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, producer of PBS documentaries on the same topic and crusader for universal healthcare in his home state of Colorado described four models of healthcare for a City Club audience.
Great Britain’s Beveridge Model is named after Lord William Beveridge, born to fabulous wealth and title who dedicated his life to serving the poor. In 1943, Beveridge proposed treating healthcare as a social service like paved roads and libraries – service without ever seeing a bill.
Today, 62 million citizens and 15 million resident aliens in Great Britain are covered, and the country “spends 44 percent as much as we do and are somewhat healthier than we are,” Reid said. Spain, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Cuba also use this model.