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Healthcare: Lessons from Canada and beyond

A laboratory researcher working at Crucell's headquarters in the Netherlands, September of 2010. (AP/Crucell NV, HO)

Thursday the Supreme Court voted 4-5 to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,  which mandates that most Americans get health insurance or pay a penalty. In some ways the U.S. system will now resemble the health care systems of Switzerland and the Netherlands. Both countries mandate individuals to buy insurance. But the switch to that system hasn’t necessarily made things better when it comes to controlling costs.

Theodore Marmor has spent the last 30 years studying healthcare policy.   He says controlling the cost of healthcare is always controversial and "not easy to be done but everywhere else has done it better than the United States."  Marmor takes issue with the fact that the United States hasn't necessarily been willing to learn from other countries that have successfully established universal health care for their citizens.

Friday on Worldview Theodore Marmor, professor emeritus of political science at Yale University and author of Comparative Studies and the Politics of Modern Medical Care, explains how other countries have managed to keep control over the rising costs of medical care.

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