Health care reform has jumped to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness. What, at one time, was an issue peripheral to our national concerns, overshadowed by the economy, foreign affairs, crime, and politics, health care has now taken its place alongside—or even ahead of—these other concerns. One need not look further than the daily newspaper or evening newscast to observe this.
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- 1.Among the many good books that describe other countries’ health care systems, one I would recommend is L. A. Graig, Health of Nations: An International Perspective on U.S. Health Care Reform (Washington, D.C.: Wyatt Company, 1991). This book offers an accurate description of a few relevant countries including Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States. Another, briefer summary that is helpful is International Benefits: Part I—Health Care [Washington, D.C.: Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), 1990 ].Google Scholar