July 3, 2008 German health benefits are very generous, and there's usually little or no wait to get elective surgery or diagnostic tests, such as MRIs. It's one of the best health care systems in the world. It's visible in little ways that most Germans take for granted.
July 2, 2008 Nearly every German has ready access to doctors, cheap drugs, high-tech medicine, dental care, nursing homes and home care. All this — and Germany spends half what the United States does per person. One way the country accomplishes this is by putting doctors on a budget.
July 4, 2008 Only .2 percent of Germany's legal residents are uninsured, compared with nearly 18 percent of Americans who have no coverage. Many clinics for the uninsured in the U.S. can't meet the demand of people in need of free care. But it's a different story in Germany.
July 3, 2008 Modern Germany's health care system traces to when medieval workers banded together in guilds to help one another in times of sickness. The "Iron Chancellor," Otto von Bismarck, nationalized that system. And today's leaders keep the system affordable through constant reform.