The Best Healthcare Systems in the World

Did you know that the United States is the only developed country in the world without a universal health care system? In other nations health care is viewed not as a privilege reserved for those who can afford it, but as a basic human right.

Despite this, the U.S. still spends more money on healthcare than any of other country while its citizens receive far less coverage. The passing of the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) was a step in the right direction. However, it still leaves more than 30 million Americans without insurance and should be improved upon.

Here are some of the best health care systems in the world that the U.S. could learn a lot from.

Canada

Republicans love to bash Canada’s single payer health coverage, citing long wait times while claiming that wealthier Canadians flock south to the U.S. for private care. However, these claims are greatly inflated, and the fact that Canadians don’t have to live with the fear that getting sick will bankrupt them shows that their system is inherently better.

Canada’s system known as Medicare ensures that Canadians have free access to doctors, hospitals, and necessary care. The plans vary between provinces and some even include drug and dental for certain age groups. However, around 2/3 of Canadians take out private insurance to cover those services.

As far as Canadians leaving to seek treatment in the U.S., this mostly only happens in the case of rare medical issues that require specialized treatment. In 2014, most “medical tourists” who left Canada were neurosurgery patients.

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