Gesundheit: Where in the World Can You Afford to be Sick?

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By Dan Harris and Claudia Koestler, Dan Harris, and Claudia Koestler. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In this podcast, we have a great mixture of professionals with first-hand experience of health systems in different countries, including Claudia Koestler, Senior Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mike Bellissimo, a former senior executive at Humana and the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Charlie Vivian, Director of Icarus Health Solutions in the UK and a former director in the NHS.

If you've ever lived or visited the USA, you probably were made aware that healthcare can be a wee bit expensive. If you had to visit a hospital or doctor, you were probably made doubly aware of the cost of that visit, even if it was covered by your travel insurance. We explore healthcare systems in the US, UK and Germany in this podcast and ask fundamental questions about why things are so different between countries and what we can learn from each other.
The US has one of the most technically advanced healthcare sectors in the world. However, given the disparate nature of healthcare across fifty states and the lack of political agreement of its structure, management and administration over decades, it's easy to exploit the cost of healthcare in the US as an issue of concern and amazement. Perception isn't everything, but it does require an explanation in context to understand what needs to be done to make it more accessible and equitable.
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