Keynote Speaker: Mr. T. R. Reid

TR Reid

The Healing of America. A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care

All the other free-market industrialized democracies provide health care of high quality for everybody –and yet they spend far less on health care than the USA. How do they do that? T. R. Reid circled the globe (twice) to find the answer; his reporting led to the national best-seller “The Healing of America” and two documentaries for PBS Frontline. Reid finds that it’s not all “socialized medicine” out there; many countries cover everybody with private doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. Japan has more for-profit hospitals and more private health insurance companies than the U.S. –and it has better health outcomes, at less than half the cost.

Reid explains not only How these nations manage to cover everybody, but also Why they do. The explanation of “Why?” involves a moral commitment that the U.S. has not been willing to make.

About Mr. Reid:

T. R. Reid has become one of the nation’s best-known reporters through his books and articles, his documentary films, his reporting for the Washington Post, and his lighthearted commentaries on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Mr. Reid majored in Classics at Princeton University and subsquently worked as a Naval officer during the Vietnam War, a lawyer, a teacher, and assorted other jobs. At the Washington Post, he covered Congress and four presidential campaigns. He served as the paper’s bureau chief in Tokyo and London. Reid has reported from 4 dozen countries on five continents. He has covered elections for offices ranging from Barton County Drain Commissioner to British Prime Minister. His story on the engagement of Crown Prince Naruhito is known in Japan as the “dai-sukupoo” — i.e., “the big scoop.”

He has written nine books in English and three in Japanese, and translated one book from the Japanese. His 2009 book “The Healing of America” became a national best-seller, and launched Reid into a national role describing ways to provide health coverage for every American. PBS Frontline made two documentaries, “Sick Around the World” and “India–A Second Opinion” following Reid as he did the reporting for that book. In 2011, Reid was a co-author of the book “Reimagining Japan,” which looks at Japan’s prospects for recovery following the triple disaster of March, 2011.

Reid has made documentary films for National Geographic Television, PBS, and the A&E Network. His latest film, “U.S. Health Care: The Good News” premiered on the national PBS network in 2012, and is still being broadcast by local PBS affiliates fairly often.He is a member of the board of the Health Research and Education Trust, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, and other community and educational institutions. He is Kai-cho, or President, of the Japan-America Society of Colorado.



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