Apropos of the current health care debate in the United States: What happens when a government you happen not to approve of does some good things? The case in point is Cuba, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner, where the level of health care is startling.
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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In Africa, several governments have implemented male circumcision as part of their AIDS prevention strategies. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Cameroon who works to fight HIV/AIDS discusses the dangers of relying extensively on circumcision, given widespread rumors and misinformation.
As the World Health Organization convenes public health officials from around the world to tackle the H1N1 flu and other diseases, Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian writes that international institutions like the WHO are critical in the face of globe-circling threats.
As the confirmed number of H1N1 flu cases worldwide surpasses 2,000, Mexico is returning to normal as businesses resume. But as a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes, the epidemic may have a lasting impact on the country's internal politics, as Mexico approaches congressional elections in July.
Worldfocus explores the outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus in this special report. While the infection rate seems to be subsiding in Mexico for now, many other countries are preparing for potential outbreaks, either now or later in the year when the typical flu season begins again in the northern hemisphere.
Stephen Morse of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health discusses how he sees the H1N1 flu epidemic playing out over the next few months in Mexico, the U.S. and the world. Ask Professor Morse your questions about the virus here.
The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the number of confirmed cases of swine flu worldwide has now risen to at least 257. Michael Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History discusses the scientific community's attempts to pinpoint and fight the virus.
In response to the spread of swine flu, the World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert from phase four to phase five -- one step short of a full-scale pandemic. Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the origins of the swine flu and how governments have responded.
On Monday, in reponse to a growing swine flu epidemic, the World Health Organization raised the pandemic alert level from three to four. Beyond Mexico, the United States and five other countries were dealing with confirmed cases of the flu. Martin Blaser of the New York University School of Medicine discusses the scope of the outbreak and how world governments are responding.