Containing health-care costs is a key goal of reform efforts. The World's Katy Clark reports on the work of Eugene Litvak, a Russian who works with US hospitals on ways to increase efficiency, improve patient care, and cut costs.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Robert Dingwall, a sociologist at the University of Nottingham in England, about why Europe and the US seem to have different attitudes when it comes to vaccinating against the H1N1 flu.
Last month President Obama apologized to the people of Guatemala for an unethical study of syphilis. In the mid-40s, hundreds of Guatemalans were unwitting subjects of the study.Lorne Matalon reports that many are still outraged, despite the apology.
In Northern Ireland, the first stand alone clinic that provides abortions opened today. Abortion is legal in Northern Ireland and it's been controversial in the past. But as John Sepulvado reports from Belfast, the clinic is not attracting large protests.
Most consumers want value for their money. When we buy a house or a car, we shop carefully and thoroughly — and there are rules and regulations governing the information a seller must provide to the buyer. But not so for the medical industry. In many cases, hospitals and doctors deliberately keep the true cost of medical procedures a closely-held secret. Can this unfair and outdated system ever be changed?