Health Transformation Lecture Series: T. R. Reid

Health Transformation Lecture Series - The Politics of Healthcare: Colorado and the States Move Ahead

When: Tuesday, Oct. 25
Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
Where: UNCW Kenan Auditorium
Parking: UNCW LOT C (located on Randall Drive adjacent to Kenan Auditorium)

Event is free and open to the public but registration is requested. Continuing Education Credits available for $10. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.
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Event Description:

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.

Featured Speaker:

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 light-hearted commentaries on NPR's Morning Edition.

Reid majored in Classics at Princeton University and subsequently 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 four 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."

Reid 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. Reid 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.

Reid has been married for 39 years to the attorney Margaret M. McMahon. They have three children.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the major components of how politics affect healthcare
  • Review healthcare from around the world and relate it to American healthcare


Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting The College of Health & Human Services (910.962.3317) at least 15 days prior to the event.