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Sunday reading-Jon Cohn on French & Dutch health care

Jon Cohn has a long article in the Boston Globe about how the French and Dutch get health care about right at half the American cost with none of that unpleasant Canadian or Britishness that FoxNews loves to complain about. Given that (if we get reform even vaguely right) we’ll look more like Holland or Germany that Canada, it's your essential Sunday reading.

Of course Jon is slightly too nice as ever. One minor point about access to specialty care—it may take longer there than here, slightly. But in the same Commonwealth study Cohn quotes, waiting times for elective surgery were shorter in Germany than they are in the US. And of course no one there gets bankrupted by the cost of medical care.