The healthcare debate: What the US and Europe can learn from each other

European and American healthcare face similar challenges (photo:dpa)
European and American healthcare face similar challenges (photo:dpa)

Many Europeans have expressed astonishment at why the healthcare debate has played such an important role in US politics this year. How can a supposedly advanced country, they question, fail to provide adequate healthcare for all its citizens? But a close examination of American and European healthcare systems reveals that the challenges they face and the possible strategies needed to address them may not be so different

CRITICS of American healthcare cite a 2000 World Health Organisation comparative study that ranked the US 37th in overall health system performance. But only about one third of the scores on which those rankings were based related to actual health outcomes, measured ...

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