International

Immigrants, Welfare and Work
Throughout its history, the United States has been a nation of immigrants. However, in recent years, and even more so since September 11, 2001, Americans have favored a stricter immigration policy.
Health Care in Five Nations
A new survey sheds light on the relative merits of the health care systems in five English-speaking countries. This is the latest in a series of studies conducted by researchers at the Harvard School…
Privatizing Defense: Britain Leads the Way

The military campaign in Afghanistan demonstrated that, among NATO countries, only Great Britain - with its small but professional military - has the capability to deploy advanced military assets to f…

Crisis Policy-Making: Immediate Action, Prolonged Regret
In a national emergency, perhaps the strongest urge of democratically elected officials is to "do something" immediately. Politicians believe that inaction sends citizens the message that their leader…
Sweden Edges Toward Free-Market Medicine

For decades, advocates of socialized medicine in the United States and Canada have maintained that health care systems financed by taxes and under government control are more efficient than private se…

Canada: A Health Care System on the Edge

Patients are lined up in the hallway, stretcher after stretcher. There are so few chairs that anxious relatives stand by the gurneys for hours. A woman with a migraine sits with her hands pressed to h…

South Africa's Battle with AIDS and Drug Prices

South Africa is mired in a health crisis as the rate of HIV infection reaches 22 percent of adults, including more than one in five pregnant women. The crisis is expensive. Drug treatment costs for AI…

Medical Savings Accounts in South Africa

In South Africa, MSA plans have competed against other forms of insurance on a level playing field. The result has been remarkable. In a few short years, MSA plans have become increasingly popular, an…