Broadening access to health care is one of the hemisphere’s biggest challenges. This was made even clearer by the debate in the United States over President Obama’s health care reform bill. But the U.S. was late in coming to this debate. Across the Americas, governments, civil society and business are now moving in innovative ways to reform health care models.
The Summer issue of Americas Quarterly (available in bookstores and on newsstands on August 14) looks at how technology and business are reinventing health care. In this issue, Dr. Julio Frenk reflects on the health care reform he implemented in Mexico, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Panamanian First Lady Marta Linares de Martinelli join other experts in answering how to contain rising health care costs.
Also, two U.S. border state governors face off on immigration. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer argues that Washington's failure to enforce existing immigration laws leaves the state with no choice but to take care of matters itself, while her counterpart in New Mexico, Bill Richardson, argues that immigration must remain in the hands of the federal government.
The Five Cs of Universal Health Care
Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Cuba take different paths to the same goal.
CHARTICLE: Latin America’s Bill of Health
The region’s advances in infant mortality, life expectancy and other key indicators over 50 years.
Health Care Goes Local
THOMAS JOHN BOSSERT
Does decentralization improve the delivery of medical services?
The Mobile Revolution in Rural Health Care
Access to your doctor—any place, any time.
Filling the Gap
How to help the region’s neediest patients.
Lessons from the Mexican Reform
DR. JULIO FRENK
Seguro Popular’s far-reaching impact.
DIANA ORCÉS AND AMY ERICA SMITH
Data from the 2010 AmericasBarometer surveys.
Communications, Collaboration and Technology
FRANCES DARE and KAVEH SAFAVI
Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group provides a model.
The exploding Internet trade in counterfeit medicine.
Finally Reaching the Poor
Conditional cash transfer programs reach 100 million Latin Americans.
Can You Heal Me Now?
DAVID AYLWARD, BEATRIZ LEÃO, WALTER CURIOSO, and FABIANO CRUZ
Potential (and pitfalls) of mHealth.
Obama’s Health Care Reform
What will happen and when: a graphic guide.
ASK THE EXPERTS:
How do we contain rising health care costs?
Kathleen Sebelius, Thomas Daschle, Ariel Pablos-Méndez, and Marta Linares de Martinelli respond.
The New El Dorado
Climate change, oil and geopolitics in the Arctic Circle.
Bolivia’s Radical Decentralization
President Evo Morales is transferring more authority to departments—even when the results have been politically uncomfortable.
Power to the Parents
Honduras and Guatemala experiment with community-run schools.
Panorama: Fundación Albatros Media, Choc Quib Town’s Afro-Colombian beat, Inuit filmmakers, 10 Things to Do in Panama City, and more.
Hard Talk: Can local governments write their own immigration laws? Governors Janice K. Brewer and Bill Richardson square off.
Innovators and Innovations: Lumni, Inc. invests in Latin American college students. Yolande James empowers immigrant youth in Québec. ViaEducation trains teachers. Cavi Borges puts Brazilian cinema in the spotlight.
Dispatches from the Field: New Orleans, Stephanie Hepburn on post-Katrina (and now post-BP) worker exploitation.
Policy Updates: Juan Blyde and Mauricio Mesquita Moreira on transport and trade. María de la Paz Vela on Ecuador’s dollarization.
Fresh Look Reviews: Adam Isacson looks at Colombia’s Democratic Security policy. Patricio Navia reviews an anthology on Latin America's new direction.
Just the Numbers: The hemisphere’s expanding waistlines.