Tuesday, March 20, 2012

PBS: Evaluating Health Care Systems

Hopefully, in the future, Orthodox Christians will focus their skills and resources to establish truly Orthodox health care organizations and institutions. 

PBS has aired two programs, both hosted by coorespondent T.R. Reid, relevant to improving the U.S. Health Care System. Perhaps we can learn principles from these successful models to aid the effective implementation of health care systems or the establishment of Orthodox medical institutions. The most recent is Health Care: The Good News: "Correspondent T.R. Reid profiles doctors and hospitals all over the U.S. that are finding ways to cut health care costs while still providing excellent care. The documentary looks at several low-cost, high-quality regions to find out how they do it."  (http://video.pbs.org/video/2198039605/)

Another program is the FRONTLINE documentary, Sick Around the World: "In Sick Around the World, FRONTLINE teams up with veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent T.R. Reid to find out how five other capitalist democracies -- the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland -- deliver health care, and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures." (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/view/#morelink)

Photo from the National Institute of Health.  Public Domain.