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Thursday, November 09, 2006

American healthcare - on the road to nowhere

In the last four years, the cost has increased more than 70 percent. Right now, more than 46 million people don¹t have health insurance and that number continues to rise. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee universal health care.

As costs of insurance spiral out of control and the government continues to pour money into Iraq, many people wonder how they are going to survive the health care crisis in this country. Joshua Smith is an uninsured freelance journalist, who traveled across the country to find out what others are saying about the state of health care in the U.S.


Suzanne Gruber, executive director, Holy Rosary Medical Center Foundation; Greg Leatherman, Idaho Quality Insurance; Mary Hernandez, director, Mental Health Foundation; Ron Olmen, CEO, Saint John's Medical Center; Ron Hill, director of communication, Misericordia Health Center; Michael Haristhal, Hennepin County Medical Center; Megan Meagher, assistant director, Campaign For Better Health Care; Beth Lisberg, Technical Writer; Benjamin Day, executive director, Mass Care; Alan Sager, professor, Boston University School of Public Health.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Freelance Producer: Joshua Emerson Smith
Freelance Associate Producer: Emily Polk
Intern: Alexis McCrimmon

For more information:

Holy Rosary Medical Center351 SW Ninth StreetOntario, OR 97914-2693541-881-7000www.holyrosary-ontario.org

Mental Health Foundation1245 North 29th streetPO Box 219 Billings, MT 59103-0219781-239-0071www.mentalhealthscreening.org

St. John¹s Medical CenterPO Box 428, 625 East BroadwayJackson, WY 83001307-733-3636www.tetonhospital.org/frontpage/Default.htm

Misericordia Health Center99 Cornish Ave Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1A2 CANADA1-888-315-9257www.misericordia.mb.ca

Hennepin County Medical Center701 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55415612-873-3000www.hcmc.org

Campaign For Better Health Care1325 South Wabash, suite #305Chicago, IL 60605-2504312-913-9449www.cbhconline.org

Beginnings 1325 North State Parkway, suite 6EChicago, IL 60610 312-335-1218;www.beginningsdesign.com/beginnings.html

Mass-Care The Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care8 Beacon St., Suite 26Boston, MA 02108 1-800-383-1973www.masscare.org

Boston University School of Public Health715 Albany Street, Talbot BuildingBoston, MA 02118 617-638-4640http://sph.bu.edu

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