T. R. Reid

U.S. Health Care: The Good News

It sounds almost ironic to make a film about "good news" in the American health care system, which provides the most expensive, least efficient, and most inequitable medical care among all the industrialized democracies.
But in this new PBS film, T. R. Reid does find high-quality care at reasonable cost in communities across the USA. Drawing from The Dartmouth Atlas, the definitive study of variation in American health care, Reid finds that doctors and hospitals around the country are working hard to control costs while improving medical outcomes.
The film concludes that we don't have to wait for Washington, D.C. to fix our health care system. It's happening already, on a local level. And just about any American community could emulate what we see in this documentary.

Selected Works

Documentary film (PBS Frontline)
T. R. Reid visits five industrialized democracies, seeking to learn how they manage to provide high-quality health care for everybody -- while spending half as much on medical costs as the U.S. does. "Lively and informative --top-notch TV reporting" --The N.Y. Times
Nonfiction/Current Events
Contemplating Japan's future in the wake of the triple disaster of March, 2011.
nonfiction / Japanese language
This is the Japanese version of the book "Reimagining Japan."
Nonfiction / Current Events
A New York Times-best-seller. It shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the United States can’t seem to do: provide health care for everybody at reasonable cost.   "Extremely good, and extremely readable. It is the clearest and most useful contribution to the ongoing health care debate that I've read."
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post
A New York Times best-seller. “A lively, thought-provoking book.”
The Seattle Times
Documentary film (PBS)
A reporter studies ancient Indian medicine
“Engaging...a fascinating read...he is amusing, droll and extremely knowledgeable.”
Detroit Free Press
The story of inventors Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, the men behind the microchip. "A triumph of good reporting." --Theodore H. White
Guide Book
The definitive English language guide to Japan's great ski resorts (both outdoor and indoor).

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