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The Unintended Consequences of Brexit

David de Sola | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
David de Sola

Congratulations, Brexit voters. You got what you wanted and opened the proverbial Pandora's Box. Now you get to own the consequences of your actions.

God Bless America -- But Give Me The British NHS Any Day

Matthew Chapman | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Matthew Chapman

Perhaps the most chilling failure in America -- still, even after Obamacare -- is the healthcare system. So to be back in the UK for a few days and to hear people yet again talking about destroying or diminishing the National Health Service is simply agonizing. Just as I've advised Americans in the past to look elsewhere to learn lessons in success, I would urge the British to look to America to learn lessons in failure.

'Downton Abbey' and Obamacare

David Morris | Posted 02.17.2016 | Entertainment
David Morris

As the rightly acclaimed tv series Downton Abbey unspools its final episode some fans have criticized the producers decision to devote so much time to a debate about the future of Downton's Cottage Hospital.

Why Bernie Sanders Is the Candidate Who Will Do Most for People With HIV

Jamie Pohotsky | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie Pohotsky

As an American gay man, living in the UK, but with a vote in the New Hampshire primary, there is one thing that has become clear to me recently, especially since the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) endorsed Secretary Clinton: Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for the LGBT community, and specifically, LGBT-ers living with HIV.

10 Ways to Get the Most of Your Doctor's Visit

Kathy C. Maupin MD | Posted 07.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Kathy C. Maupin MD

If you prepare for your doctor's visit ahead of time and actively participate with your doctor in your care, then you will have fewer questions about what you are to do next, and you will not feel like you are at the mercy of the "medical system" that seems to rush through everything.

Brits Think We're Nuts for Believing Our Health System Is Better Than Theirs

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When I was an industry PR guy, I was part of a never-ending effort to defame the NHS, usually by citing a few anecdotes about Brits who claimed to endure long waits for needed care. The industry's propaganda got little resistance from the media or the American public.

Socialized Medicine: The Horror Movie

Jeff Faux | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics
Jeff Faux

The point is not that the British, or Canadian or any other system is necessarily the exactly right model for the U.S. But we will never get anywhere near the right model unless the ideological fog that clouds our political discourse on health care is lifted.

Berwick Report Emphasizes Learning, Empathy; Not Punishment

Helen Riess, M.D. | Posted 10.15.2013 | Science
Helen Riess, M.D.

What happened at Mid Staffordshire Hospital was almost the perfect storm. Combine an absence of leadership and an over-focus on cost-cutting, and to that add discouraged staff, and you have all the ingredients for disaster.

The Company That Is Running Britain

The Guardian | John Harris | Posted 07.30.2013 | World

In May this year, a huge company listed on the London Stock Exchange found itself in the midst of controversy about a prison it runs for the governmen...

Freedom and Healthcare: Is the Libertarian Party In Danger of Becoming Relevant?

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

You don't have to be a economist to understand why American healthcare has been such a disaster for so long -- and why Obamacare has spectacularly failed to do the one thing that would have solved most of its problems.

GOP: Lack of Insurance Revokes Sanctity of Life

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In the case of fetuses and rich people, Republicans insist on the sanctity of life. But in the case of destitute people, infants who imprudently choose working-poor parents and struggling young adults the GOP says there's nothing sacred about their lives.

Violetta Aylward, UK Nurse, Turns Off Man's Life Support By Mistake (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A paralyzed man in the U.K. was left brain-damaged after a nurse working in his home accidentally switched off his ventilator, the BBC is reporting. ...

Obesity: The World's Domestic Dilemma

David Kirchhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David Kirchhoff

With an estimated 1.6 billion obese or overweight people in the world, the current obesity crisis is one of those critical issues that will test our global community's strength.

My Bout with Socialist Medicine, British Style

Michael Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Michael Schwartz

In a recent trip to England, I was struck by a severe case of sciatica. With excruciating pain, I was forced to face the nightmare of the National Health System.

Who Is Don Berwick and Why Do the Republicans Want to Kill His Nomination?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

One of the major accusations against Obama's nominee to head up the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Donald Berwick, is that he "loves" Britain's National Health Service. Ergo, he loves socialism, ergo he is a Marxist.

Patients' Medical Records Go Online Without Consent, Doctors Warn

Telegraph | Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Patients' confidential medical records are being placed on a controversial NHS database without their knowledge, doctors' leaders have warned....

Health Care: Why I Had My Second Baby in the UK

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Helen I. Hwang

I had my first baby under private health care in the U.S. and then my next one under socialized medicine in the U.K. The differences in the two systems are enlightening, to say the least.

Jason Linkins

Canadians Defend Their Health Care System In Video

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the unfortunate side-effects of the often confused health care reform discourse is the way so many perfectly nice health care systems that oper...

Swine Flu and Britain's "Socialized" Approach

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Walden

Wanna have a good cry? Take a look at Britain's National Health Service website.

Hey, Don't Save Me From Government Health Care!

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

If government-run insurance and care is so evil and so horrible, then why do conservatives keep supporting leaving America's troops and veterans in that kind of system?

The Last Story on Reforming Health Care: We Have Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

The debate over health care reform has turned to politics of fear and fear-mongering, instead of focusing on facts and reality.

British Defend Their Healthcare System

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Where other British citizens saw gross lies, exaggerations, and frustrating half-truths, Graham Linehan saw a "golden opportunity to kickstart a campaign to redress the balance a little bit."

Part 3: Un-Spinning Healthcare Reform - The Economics

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

I don't know about you, but one thin dime for every buck you make seems like a very easy trade for being able to see the doctor any time you need to.

Reality Check: National Health Care is National Security

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Agin

A public health service is not just a convenience, it's a vital part of the national security of a country.

Two MS patients, one English, one American: Which One was Driven to Cut up his Pills, Lost his Home, and Went Bankrupt?

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Pollack

Explain to me again slowly why we spend twice as much for healthcare as the British do, yet we still disparage their "socialized medicine" based on stereotyped images from decades ago?