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Health of Nations

Worldwide, 200 million children under the age of five are deprived of basic health care. In the United States, more than 40 million people lack health insurance. As the U.S. wrestles with its own health care system, Worldfocus explores success stories -- and cautionary tales -- of different health systems around the world.

Singapore has one of the best health care systems in the world, according to the World Health Organization, and the price tag is a mere 4 percent of the country's GDP (compared to 17 percent in the U.S.). In Canada, the government guarantees all citizens basic medical services, and there is little paperwork, but long lines have sent some Canadians to private clinics. In Brazil, rich and poor alike benefit from free health care -- but offering so much has put a strain on the health system and conditions are substandard.

Our partners around the world also explore health care in Britain, China, Argentina and beyond.

"Health of Nations" is a collection of signature videos, interviews, reporter observations and analysis from the field and blogger perspectives.

Health of Nations

India to open medical facility in Mexico

Blogwatch

India to open medical facility in Mexico

An Indian hospital group announced plans to set up facilities in Mexico that will treat patients from the U.S.

Posted: November 12, 2008 16:22   Comments: 0
Tainted milk scandal impacts over three dozen countries

Interactive Feature

Tainted milk scandal impacts over three dozen countries

Contaminated milk products have killed four in China and are leaking into other countries.

Posted: October 20, 2008 17:23   Comments: 1
India bans smoking in public places

Blogwatch

India bans smoking in public places

India plans to celebrate Ghandi's birthday tomorrow by implementing the world's largest smoking ban.

Posted: October 1, 2008 15:47   Comments: 4
Georgia conflict forgets women’s health needs

Perspectives

Georgia conflict forgets women’s health needs

A Worldfocus contributing blogger reports from Georgia on the dire situation of displaced women lacking reproductive health services.

Posted: October 1, 2008 12:44   Comments: 0
Rate of HIV soars in Australia

Blogwatch

Rate of HIV soars in Australia

Australia's HIV infection rate has soared by 50 percent in the last eight years, igniting debates about the country's resource boom and influx of immigrants.

Posted: September 17, 2008 16:18   Comments: 0
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