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Health care in crisis: How to save system as costs spiral?

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It will take more than a band-aid prescription to fix health care as developed nations face a crisis that goes to the core of what the welfare state is all about. We pay taxes and the government makes sure our needs are covered. The French government is rolling out reforms to save hospitals from bankruptcy and reverse a long trend of cutting doctors, nurses and staff in a nation where the population's growing and ageing. The Yellow Vest movement recently highlighted that entire regions are reduced to what the French call "medical deserts", not to mention swamped emergency services. 

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It's little surprise that saving Britain's National Health Service is perhaps overshadowing Brexit as the topic on most voters' minds as they prepare for next month's UK general election. There, too, policymakers acknowledge a complete rethink is needed as the population continues to age and state coffers continue to dry up.

Even in the United States, it's not all about Donald Trump on the campaign trail as Democrats debate the feasibility of Medicare for All.

Each of these national crises is different, but the challenges overlap. And after decades of chipping away at that welfare state, what will it take to guarantee the protection that more and more people are demanding?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Jimena Morales-Velasco.

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