Sick around the world

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  • Creator a Frontline co-production with the Palfreman Film Group ; WGBH Educational Foundation ; written by Jon Palfreman and T.R. Reid ; produced and directed by Jon Palfreman
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication
    • [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, [2008]
    • ©2008
  • Physical Details
    • 1 videodisc (56 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
  • ISBNs 0793694574, 9780793694570
  • OCLC ocn230824328
  • Credits
    • Correspondent: T.R. Reid
    • Director of photography, Mark Rublee ; editor, Jon Neuburger ; original music, Cal Scott


  • "Four in five Americans say the U.S. health-care system needs "fundamental" change. Can the U.S. learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a health-care system, or are these nations so culturally different from us that their solutions would simply not be acceptable to Americans? FRONTLINE correspondent T.R. Reid examines first-hand the health-care systems of other advanced capitalist democracies -- UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Taiwan -- to see what tried and tested ideas might help us reform our broken health-care system."--Frontline web site


  • Originally produced as a segment of the television program Frontline, April 15, 2008.
  • Also available on the Internet.
  • DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation (enhanced for 16x9 televisions); stereo.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • 1. Great Britain: a leader in preventive medicine -- 2. Japan: universal coverage, no gatekeepers -- 3. Germany: a popular largely market-based system -- 4. Taiwan: a new system they copied from others -- 5. Switzerland: its former system resembled ours
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