PBS NewsHour Explores American Healthcare

PBS NewsHour explores the cost and inequality of American healthcare and how health systems in other countries manage to cover all their citizens even during a pandemic.

Wednesday, April 21 at 9:00pm

Despite recent reform efforts, the United States still has the most expensive health care system in the developed world -- with worse health outcomes compared to its international peers and 30 million Americans with no insurance.

As the Biden administration looks to expand coverage amid a global pandemic, this special report examines the highs and lows of America's fragmented system and explores how four other countries manage to offer health coverage to all citizens more efficiently. With reports by PBS NewsHour national correspondent William Brangham in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia, and Canada, this special takes viewers on a global tour comparing how medical care is organized, provided, and paid for in the U.S. versus other countries.

Joining Brangham for context on the lessons that might be adopted in the U.S. will be Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, and Tsung-Mei Cheng, a health policy research analyst at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

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