thehealingofamerica1An important new contribution to the health care reform debate adds some much needed global perspective to the pervasive political rancor. Author T.R. Reid’s newly published book, The Healing of America, has been cited by reviewers as a series of serious and lucid insights into how medicine is practiced around the world and how different countries have crafted a mix of private and public resources to achieve broad if not universal coverage.

Reid sought treatment for a chronic shoulder ailment in ten different countries with ten different medical cultures and healthcare financing systems. The resulting medical advice spans a spectrum of treatment plans and personal choices. T.R. Reid has also begun fielding questions in the blogosphere. We think this global view is vital to surfacing policy alternatives that should be debated in Congress, and we hope our elected representatives can rise above the fray by taking the time to learn what Mr. Reid is reporting based on his worldwide experience with comparative healthcare.

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Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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