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A worker from Sanctuary, a Christian charitable organization, tends to homeless people in their tents during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on April 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Why religious freedom stokes coronavirus protests in the U.S., but not Canada

Canadian and American religious groups are responding very differently to coronavirus public health measures. Why? In Canada, health care is more widely regarded as a public good and a right.
Throughout the U.S., hospitals are short on supplies. At UNLV Medicine (University of Nevada at Las Vegas), the staff is running out of COVID-19 test kits. Getty Images / Ethan Miller

Cracks in COVID-19 treatment reveal need to bolster primary care

Without massive change, the US health care system will continue to be disorganized and inefficient.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanks National Health Service workers for saving his life. Twitter Boris Johnson/Downing Street via AP

Why Boris Johnson won’t have to pay any hospital bills

In the UK, nobody collects patients' insurance information or credit card details. There's simply no charge for services, including doctor visits, ambulances and hospitalizations.
Newborn babies in a Bangkok hospital on Dec. 28, 2017.They are wearing dog costumes to observe the New Year of the dog. Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

What the US could learn from Thailand about health care coverage

Universal Coverage Day came only three days shy of the deadline for open enrollment in the US. Why are much smaller, less wealthy countries such as Thailand pushing forward while the US is not?
Some of the original advocates for Medicare in the 1960s hoped to eventually extend it to everyone. AP Photo

‘Medicare for all’ could be cheaper than you think

Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care plan is bound to be expensive and politically impossible. A simple expansion of Medicare offers a cheaper and more passable path to universal care.
A nurses poses at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London, Jan. 28, 2015. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Why the British love the National Health Service

International comparisons show that the UK's National Health Service outperforms other countries' health systems, including the US.
It’s basically impossible to tell the difference between various policies and levels of cover. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Is the investment in private health insurance worthwhile?

For the first time in 15 years, as premiums and complaints rise, the proportion of the population with private health insurance is declining.
A Malian mother waits to have her baby vaccinated. Though access to health care has improved, many people say their governments must do more. Dominic Chavez/World Bank

More Africans are accessing health care – but states still have work to do

Across the continent, citizens’ perceptions of health care show several barriers to access and better health for all.
South Africa’s National Health Insurance aims to ensure universal access to health care – one of the most persistent structural inequalities. Shutterstock

South Africa can’t lose its nerve on universal health care

The South African government's plan to provide universal access to health care seems to be slipping off its priority list.

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