Watch GPS Special: Saving Health Care
March 16th, 2012
05:58 PM ET

Watch GPS Special: Saving Health Care

By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

America's health care system is broken. Our healthy life expectancy, the standard measurement, ranks only 29th in the world - behind Slovenia. Our infant mortality rate ranks 30th - more than twice that of Sweden and Japan. And for this sub-par care, we pay more than any other nation in the world. Almost one out of every five dollars spent in America is spent on health care.

Can it be fixed? How?

This Sunday at 8pm and 11pm ET/PT I'll explore these questions with a GPS Special: Global Lessons - The GPS Road Map for Saving Heath Care. This is the the first in a series of four GPS “Global Lessons” specials. The special will run again Saturday, March 24th, at 8pm and 11pm ET/PT. It will air on CNN International on Saturday, March 24 at 9:00pm ET.

The health care special will take you around the world to show you how other nations manage their health care. We'll learn lessons from Britain, Switzerland and Taiwan. I'll show you just how expensive U.S. health care can be - for comparatively low-quality returns. And finally, I'll share my own thoughts on what we need to do to fix our system. Be sure to tune in. You can also join a live discussion on twitter during the special using the hashtag #SavingHealthCare.

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  2. Nina Mirsakov

    There is no country in the world that currently provides universal healthcare which has legal costs associated with malpractice or the cost of education to become a physician comparable to the United States. American public is not ready to pay a 50% income tax (although those making over 250$/yr are being forced into it), but they expect the government to somehow provide them with high quality healthcare. Physicians are under growing costs of regulations, but no private insurance companies or legal systems that allow frivolous medical law suits are being regulated to any reasonable extent. When did a clerk for an iansurance company gain the clinical understanding of what medication or procedure to approve for a patient they have never laid their eyes on? The system is a mess and needs reform, and public deserves access to healthcare without a doubt, but aren't we approaching this from the wrong end?

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