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How are the health care systems of other countries organized compared to America’s? Century’s publications explain.


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  • Beverly Goldberg's comparative look at health care in the developed nations was published in the Winter issue of the London Business School's Business Strategy Review.
    Feb 23, 2011
  • The Century Foundation report cited in CNBC report.
    Dec 16, 2010
  • If you drive from Buffalo, New York to Ontario, Canada, you're likely to see this message on highway billboards: Fast-track Your Medical Procedure Here. The red arrow on the sign points Canadians to Buffalo's Kaleida Health, a five-hospital health care system located minutes from the U.S.-Canada border.
    Jan 11, 2010
  • Over at Managed Care Matters, Joe Paduda posted this letter from a "very good friend." Does every patient in London get such good care? Probably not. But I have heard similar stores - and the UK does not have the best care abroad. (The NHS is still under-funded, though each year they're putting more money into it.) France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark any Switzerland all boast better care.
    Mar 2, 2009
  • It’s always worth exploring how health care works in other countries, if for no other reason than that models in other countries give us the chance to see how some of the approaches discussed by American reformers might pan out. What do the experiences of Germany and Netherlands tell us about the possibility of a better mixed public-private system in the United States? How is China’s health care system a cautionary tale of market forces gone wild?
    Jul 30, 2008
  • In a recent issue of Healtyh Affairs, Wynand van de Ven and Frederik T. Schut, two professors at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, authored an excellent profile of the Dutch health care system, which includes some appealing features that might serve as a model for the United States.
    Jun 25, 2008
  • It’s a well-known fact that China is the most populous nation in the world. But here’s a question for you: how the heck does a country—especially one in the midst of breakneck economic development—provide health care to 1.3 billion people? The answer is “not all that well,” thanks to a decades long bout of capitalism-gone-wild that’s reduced Chinese health care to a shadow of its former self.
    Apr 1, 2008
  • By bringing 600 government and industry leaders together from more than 50 countries, the “World Health Care Congress Europe" (WHCCE), offered a splendid window on the wide variety of solutions that countries around the world are using as they struggle toward health care reform. One constant theme of the conference: “No One Thing Works.”
    Mar 19, 2008
  • Results of a recent British-American study of health outcomes among white citizens of the United Kingdom and the United States have surprised a lot of people. These show that the British are healthier than the Americans at every income level.
    May 2, 2006
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