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New York Times bestselling author Reid to explain differences between global and U.S. health care in lecture at Creighton

How do other free-market industrialized democracies provide quality health care for citizens, while managing to spend less on health care than the United States? T R ReidFormer Washington Post correspondent and NPR commentator T.R. Reid circled the globe to find the answer, culminating in his New York Times best-seller, “The Healing of America.” Reid will explain the varying global health care costs on Sept. 16 during a lecture at Creighton University.

The lecture, “How Other Industrialized Nations Manage to Provide Health Care at Half Our Cost” is part of Creighton’s inaugural homecoming interprofessional program. It will be held from 11:30-1 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Harper Center on Creighton’s campus. The event is sponsored by United Healthcare and is free and open to the public, with boxed lunch available for purchase by registering here.

After an accident left Reid with a bad shoulder, he consulted various physicians from around the world; learning of the different ways nations approach health care in comparison to the 2010 U.S. health care law. Reid discovered it’s not all socialized medicine.

Many countries cover everyone with private doctors, hospitals and insurance plans. Japan has more for-profit hospitals and more private health insurance companies than the U.S., and it has better health outcomes, at less than half the cost. Reid explains not only how these nations manage to cover everybody, but also why they do.

This program is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit for health professionals. Registration ends September 13.

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