Author T.R. Reid — in his quest to fix his broken shoulder — goes around the world trying to find an affordable health care system for the United States. In his tenth book, the veteran foreign correspondent of The Washington Post meets doctors and visits hospitals across five industrialized democracies. He’s on a quest for a possible solution for the United States — a country where he says 22,000 people die annually of treatable diseases and 700,000 people go bankrupt from medical bills.
In this extended interview, he discusses culture, costs and making a commitment to health care.