We are extremely fortunate in Australia in that everyone receives free healthcare, in the form of Medicare. We receive free or subsidized treatment from doctors, dentists and other health care professionals, free accommodation and treatment for public patients in public hospitals, and a rebate of 75% on services and treatments performed in a public or private hospital for private patients. Of course, many people still have private health insurance, but for low income earners Medicare is the only way they can afford a hospital visit. For me, it is extremely bizarre to listen to politicians in the US argue about public healthcare. Healthcare should be a given part of being a citizen of a country. To hear of people dying in a developed country because they cannot afford to pay the hospital bills is to me, unthinkable. In arguing over the implementation of healthcare, politicians are questioning the value of human lives, and if they vote against free healthcare, the politicians are essentially saying- if people can't afford healthcare, then they're not worth saving.
Single-payer national health insurance is a health care system is which a single public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of health care would remain in private hands. Currently, the US spends $10,348 per person, which is by far the most in the world (second is Switzerland with $7,919 person.) However, the US has by no means the best health care in the would. The WHO ranks the US as the 37th best healthcare system in the world, and millions of Americans are still uninsured. Single payer countires rank highly on the list, and bringing single payer to the US would help push the number of uninsured Americans to zero. Bernie Sanders intoduced his "Medicare For All" bill to the Senate Finance Committee last year, and current bipartisan calculations estimate this healthcare system to cost the goverment $32 trillion over 10 years. https://www.mercatus.org/publications/federal-fiscal-policy/costs-national-single-payer-healthcare-system and https://www.urban.org/urban-wire/what-would-it-take-make-single-payer-health-care-reality Currently, 49% of Americans support single payer, and its popularity is rising. Could single-payer be implemented in the US, or is it too much of a challenge? Also, what systems could work better or be more feasible in the US?