The majority members of the global medical village have learned by trial and error how to indemnify most of their citizens for illness utilizing limited resources and prioritization (saying no to some). The notable exception has been the USA which still adheres to a "customer satisfaction" maxim, creating demand and then supplying it in an open ended fashion with little notice as to cost.
However, the new millennium has brought with it a global financial crisis that shows no evidence of lessening and will likely change our way of life dramatically. this volume examines the resource capability of twelve countries and their projections of how it will change in the next ten years (do more with less). Americans are poised to learn the lessons of the countries that have gone before in terms of prioritization, and some will be a painful prescription.