The British National Health System is the world's largest publicly-funded health care system. Harry Smith of Al Jazeera English reports on how this free -- but controversial -- system is faring 60 years after its inception.
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.
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Mumbai, India's largest city, is confronting an epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Independent producer Lauren Rudser brings Worldfocus this signature story on an often overlooked global health issue.
When it comes to smoking, the hookah -- or water pipe -- is a common sight throughout most of the Arab world. The pipes are often shared by many smokers, but health officials in Jordan, worried about the spread of swine flu, are now offering smokers what they say is a healthier choice.
The angry debate over health care reform in the U.S. is triggering another round of outrage overseas. Officials in Great Britain are now fighting back to defend their system from the criticisms of America's right. Andrew Clark of The Guardian discusses how Britons view the U.S. health care debate.
According to the World Health Organization, the H1N1 flu virus has killed just under 1,500 people worldwide. Right now, it is spreading through India's sizeable population. Dr. Martin Blaser of New York University's School of Medicine discusses the risks of the flu pandemic from a global perspective.
Each year, more than half a million women across the world die while giving birth, most of them from developing countries. In Haiti, the situation is desperate, as violence, political chaos and insufficient international aid have hampered even the most basic health care.
Many countries think that good health care is a right, not a privilege, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner -- and as a result, people don’t have to mortgage their lives when they get sick. Take China, for example, where a recent visit to the doctor cost about $1.
The need in Haiti -- where suffering goes along chronically, untreated and ignored -- requires new thinking and global commitment to change, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner. The U.S. must step up to the plate.
One of the biggest challenges in fighting malaria, which kills more than one million people each year, is drug resistance. In Cambodia, health officials are seeing new evidence of resistance as they try to treat the most deadly kind of malaria.
Michael Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History discusses fears that deforestation and global warming are contributing to the spread of malaria, and explains what scientists are doing to fight the disease.