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RST: T.R. Reid -- Will American healthcare compete with world after Obamacare?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 11, 2013 2:50 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Thursday, September 12, 2013:

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In his 2010 book, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, T.R. Reid described the healthcare provided and available in several industrialized democratic nations and compared what he found to healthcare in the U.S.

Even though we've heard many times that America has the best healthcare in the world, Reid didn't agree and concluded the U.S. ranked down on the list of nations in quality and availability of care and especially in costs.  The U.S. spends 17% of its Gross National Product on healthcare -- much more than other countries.

Reid's book was written before implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.  One of its major components -- insurance exchanges or marketplaces where the uninsured can shop for low-cost insurance are about to begin in October.

On Thursday's Radio Smart Talk, T.R. Reid joins us to discuss Obamacare, what it has or could accomplish, if it goes far enough, and will it work to control costs and improve quality.

For more on T.R. Reid’s bestselling book The Healing of America, plus a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare--check out witf’s Transforming Health. From policy to personal choices this multimedia project takes a comprehensive look at today’s health system. Online at  Transforming Health (dot) org. Transforming Health is a partnership of witf, WellSpan Health and PinnacleHealth.

To explore your healthcare and insurance options visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website


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  • John Orris img 2013-09-12 08:38

    As far as hours being cut, once employees no longer have to stay at a job for health coverage, I think it will lead to more people leaving job and starting their own business.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-12 08:48

    A listener emails:

    I am covered by Blue Shield (State), Medicare (Payroll deductions) and Tricare (Military Retirement) so I don't have too much to worry about for medical care.
    I do have some health issues of an ongoing nature... had a heart attack last Saturday. Had a stent installed and came home yesterday with about a half dozen new Rxs.
    I also have rheumatoid arthritis (at least 2 Rxs), Type 2 diabetes (1Rx), sleep apnea (BiPAP machine) and hypersomnia (1Rx) plus had a gastric bypass last year and lost about 85 pounds. If I had no insurance, either the hospital & doctors would have had to eat the costs or I would be dead.

    Like so many others who have medical insurance, I could think only of myself without a thought about other people with the same or worse health issues.

    I cannot in any conscience condemn another person to the intractable agony or death that I would have faced due to no or inadequate health care just because their employment or financial circumstances do not provide it.


  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-12 08:49

    Nicole emails:

    A study recently came out with the happiest countries in the world. Not surprisingly, the top ten were mostly countries that offer some form of socialized medical systems. Do you believe there is a correlation?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-12 08:49

    Jim Foster emails:

    When does the prohibition on pre-existing conditions go away? If I have a policy that currently has a restriction on pre-existing conditions, will that restriction automatically go away then, or will I need to switch to another policy?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-12 08:51

    R. Eric Doerfler, PhD CRNP writes:

    Your guest’s German gentleman asks “Why would you do it this way?”

    Because there ARE people making A LOT of money on the way it is done now. Pharma, equipment manufacturers, doctors (absent general practitioners), even hospitals (many are for profit) and their administrators, and certainly insurance companies and their executives…all these people are making money on the way the system is set up now.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-12 08:54

    Thomas emails:

    in my view......we are to be a capitalist system.....countries around the world have thrown off the yoke of marxism and socialism....we are drifting into it.

    i believe in free those who are successful they keep it!

    and to those who do not....."are there no prisons are there no work houses?"