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.