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User Image berniesanders Posted: Jan 18, 2018 4:09 PM (UTC)

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Every other major country has made health care a right. The U.S. is the anomaly. Do you live in a country with universal health care? What does that mean for you and your family? Please share your thoughts.
  • I live in Canada and our system is certainly not perfect however having the security that if something happens, there is not a single thought given to finances is a basic human right that everyone is entitled to. The truth is even if American people wanted to pay taxes to alleviate everyone of the financial burden from the current healthcare system, the capitalist system will never allow it. There is enough money to provide healthcare, that just isn't where it is going towards. In a country where half the population lives in poverty and a quarter of the population lives in severe poverty, not enough money is being circulated among the average people, and the middle class is quickly dessolving, and it is up to the government to provide a system that does not sacrifice the health, wealth, and freedom of its citizens to benefit billionaires who are so disconnected from the average life of an American.

  • it means I never had any other concern except my kids' wellbeing when they were sick or hurt. I could fully care for them without worrying about $$ at all

  • I live in Sweden, to me it means that my two children still have a mother, a couple of years ago I got badly sick in pneumonia and ruched to hospital and stayed there for 3-4 days. The doctor actually said that if it had been just 40-50 years ago I would have been dead. But todays medecin can fix it. In USA I would not had afford the hospitalstay because I was unemplyed at that time.

  • Research and innovation are driven by profit motive, having profit motive, allbeit limited due to govt mandated supply side impediments means the US has been the far and away leader in life saving treatments and medicines that have saved millions worldwide. Further removing of profit motive, removes innovation and competition, decreases quality and limits options for the consumer, further decreasing quality.

  • Yes, I have! I live in Portugal. I couldn't have done it with my 4 kids without it.

  • I just went to the doctor and instead of paying my 35 dollar copay $177.00 for one doctor visit.....thanks to the Texas Republican Government, I’m now paying a 1,500.00 deductible before my benefits will kick in. My husband pays a 7,000.00 deductible before it kicks in....this is what happened because of Obamacare. His factory job changed their medical from $30 dollar copay to the 7,000. Dollar deductible.

  • It’s crazy!

  • @johndillis & @corinagettis hey. I think there was a slight misunderstand. I'm claiming, really studies I read are claiming, we pay more per capita in taxes for health care. Not just overall we pay more taxes. I'm saying we already pay a lot more than the U.K. that is towards healthcare. Yet we are not covered much at all. Which raises the question, if the system is this inefficient, how much will it cost to actually realize full universal health coverage? And why can't we just get universal health care with the already very large amount we all pay in taxes toward health care.

  • Health care and insurance like defense is one of the largest rackets.

  • I live in the UK and our health care is under threat. It's under funded and gets used and abused and it's far from perfect. Minor operations get cancelled, people waiting on beds in the hallways and aisles. But when it comes to it the care and attention of our magnificent nurses and doctors are second to none. My wife nearly died last year after a massive allergic reaction during a routine appendix op. The critical unit is unbelievably well equipped and no expense is spared The nurses were amazing. Imagine getting cancer, then worrying about your level of health cover. Not in the UK. You know you are going to be treated. Whatever your age or background or colour or wealth.

  • @catjefferson_ I find that utterly crazy in the wealthiest country in the world. Our NHS isn't perfect but worrying about any treatment flu to cancer is not a thing. No matter how poor, wealthy black White whatever. Plus if you are wealthy you can get private health. All winners.

  • @peterc39 I'm British. If I need to see my doctor, I get to in the day I ring up. If it's serious I will be in the hospital in the same day. If I need an emergency op it will be done straight away. We have problems yes. Underfunding and an ageing population put stains on the system, but if I am diagnosed with cancer tomorrow, I do not need to worry about my level of health cover. We will treat anybody, no matter what your age or colour or background. You will struggle to hear any British person arguing to get rid of the NHS. Surely that says a lot. And you can always get private health insurance if you wish.

  • @jackson_the_pug_and_family I will riot on the streets of London before I let those Tory pricks, Mr Hunt and the like, sell of our NHS. But I agree. The Scottish are running it better and faster than the rest of the UK, but it's not as bad as is all made out. Had family needed emergency treatment and cannot fault it. The nurses and doctors were outstanding or my wife would not be here.

  • @therunyonproject nice to see positive posts about the NHS. It has problems but people hold it up as a negative against universal health care. I've had 2 kids and a couple of medical emergencies and everything in between and I cannot thank or services enough.

  • I’m living in Germany 🇩🇪We have a health system based of solidarity. You’re paying your part for the insurance depending of your income. But children haven’t nothing to pay. For the poor people the government pay their part. If I have to go to the doctor or into the hospital I get all the help I need. I don’t worry about bills. I had a lot of big surgeries in my life, but never had to have sorrows about money.

  • I am Swiss, and my Swiss insurance even payed for my baby boy's birth in France where I lived at the time. We pay a monthly fee depending on our needs. Depending on your income the state can help you cover some of these costs. If you get sick you will be in safe hands and concentrate on getting better instead of worrying about finances. Being able to heal and be healthy is a fundamental right!

  • @cmonelly pleased to hear that. I’m grateful for the NHS.

  • @therunyonproject also my son had a huge overbite and NHS corrected it seamlessly and for free. That is equality. In the US it would likely be too expensive for most families. I dislocated my shoulder in a cycling accident and the specialist and physio were easy to access. No paperwork, no deductible and no being on hold to sort out billing as has been my emergency experiences in the US.

  • Bernie @berniesanders, While I understand you've asked for stories from people throughout the world on universal insurance I just had to make a mention about my concerns. Last Monday, 1/15/18,

  • ...last Monday, 1/15/18, I was diagnosed with Leukemia. Luckily, it's at Stage 0 right now. I'm only 58 young and been on Medicare since 2008! With talk of cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security I'm shaken and more so with this latest diagnosis. Please think about people like me and pass this to others as Congress decides on making cuts to he programs I mentioned above. Thank you Sir. ~Cyndy A Virginia Voter

  • @norihihi25 it puts people in debt to give birth to a baby in the U.S, I live here and almost died at the age of 18 because I couldn't afford to go to the doctor after having been bitten by the brown recluse spider. I ended up having to take antibiotics leftover from when I had my wisdom teeth removed. I went completely untreated for a week, I'm not sure how I lived tbh

  • @emilyhmullins I'm so sorry to hear that, I'm sure the stress just adds to it as well! You should start a go fund me page! If you lived in Canada, everything you have mentioned would be free.

  • It makes me feel glad that I don't live in the USA.

  • Grew up in 🇺🇸 and currently living in 🇮🇱 where universal health care is a right!

  • It’s great how so many great people from all over the world can see our flawed system, yet the US citizens have literally bought into a system that doesn’t work. Congratulations citizens of the US (me being one) for electing a government that doesn’t care about its citizens. Also; let’s continue to celebrate the fact that we are the only perceived 1st world country with 3rd world problems.....meaning corruption, flawed government, and people that have no power to change the system.

  • Interesting. Almost all positive experiences with (universal) healthcare outside of the US... with the small exception of a few TROLLS obviously making sh*t up. #factsNOTtweets #truthhurts

  • It means too much to capture in words fully; I do not live in fear that I cannot afford to be healthy and pursue my passions in life. Health is one of the most precious things. It is the basis of a functioning economy, and the key to a fair one.

  • I am from Spain. Our healthcare system is spectacular. The fact that any person, no matter who they are, can go to hospital and recieve a cutting edge treatment at no cost makes me a very proud citizent. Health is a right, not a priviledge.

  • We have free healthcare in Canada!

  • From the US and currently living in Canada. The healthcare system, maternity leave, and gun control are all major reasons why I will not move back to the US.

  • No ,somehow I live in the richest country in the world yet universal health care is unimportant to at least one of our political parties

  • Wow, I never thought I'd say this, "I wish I didn't live in the great United States of America

  • I am from Germany and health care has never been a thing on my mind. I don’t have to worry to one day be in debt because of medical expenses, which makes me worry for young adults like me in America. I have been to the ER a couple of times in my life, because of urgent issues and cannot stress enough what a relief the thought is, that no matter what, I can go and get treatment from great doctors when in need, with no worries about payment. I am now not longer on my parents‘ plan and when I needed something, my health care provider called me and asked me to postpone it for 1 month because my plan was being adapted to my needs. This is what health care should be like. CARE! Doctors and nurses being able to treat everyone regardless of income or background, people being cared for by the medical system. I weep for young Americans. I would not look into the future as bright as I do now, if I did not have the health security that i have.

  • anr1ka 4w ago

    I live in Finland. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Spring 2017. I have gone through 8 rounds of chemo and surgery and radiotherapy treatments. To support my recovery I have received 6 sessions of physiotherapy and 10 sessions of psychological councelling during the past months. My total bill of all of that amounts to around 1000 euros ($1200) of almost one year of cancer care and medicine. Now I am back at work, working reduced 60% of my regular working hours but getting the full salary for 60 days. After that I am recovered enough to get back working full-time.

  • @cardone98 but the UK has the nhs with free healthcare and we have mobile phones

  • I knew universal health care was better, but until I moved to Norway and actually experienced it just how much of a difference it makes in your life. Having to worry about medical bills, applying for only jobs that have health insurance, fighting when you're sick for insurance coverage of really is an insane system held in place by many being afraid of something different and others out of greed exploiting and cultivating that fear.

  • We do in Slovenia, and it’s such a basic thing to have, we take it completely for granted, as people should. It has some issues, but the bottom line is: if you need medical assistance, you will get it. It is scary to watch regulations being passed that move us toward a privatised healthcare system, though.

  • In the UK, the thought of an individual or family not being able to afford health coverage is ludicrous. We can go to the doctors whenever we like and spend as long in hospital as necessary, without fear of having to pay for our care. Without universal coverage none of my grandparents would have been able to afford their chemotherapy or cancer treatment. Health care is a right of every person, not something to be bargained with.

  • @jakehogstad people are dying because they can't afford their medication or doctor bills. Research should be funded by the government as well

  • @kelanbomar if other countries can figure it out, there’s no reason why the “greatest” country in the world can’t. Unfortunately, “can” and “want to” are two different things. Conservatives and their special interest cronies have done a great job of stirring up fear within their base. It makes hypocrites of those who take the Hippocratic Oath. It’s not about healing, it’s about profiting. My point was that we put our dollars toward our priorities, and our priority, as a nation, is killing, not healing. We justify our offensive, violent policies as necessary for our freedom. Meanwhile defense contractors make crazy profits.

  • @johndillis in summation: we kill ourselves working to hold on to healthcare and pay taxes that fund the killing machine of the US government, sending our bravest and brightest into harms way to steal antiquated resources from sovereign nations while corporations make mad profits...FREEDOM isn’t FREE. It’s expensive as hell

  • No don’t

  • @elliottcoster yeah and their government is one of the most authoritative in today's western civilization

  • @kategriffler how does govt funded research solve cost issues with medication and doctor visits?

  • @cardone98 but this is a debate on free healthcare, not how far left countries have a tendency to become authoritarian, free health care is not a far left policy, so i don't understand what you are trying to debate

  • Argentina 🇦🇷, and I plan to be a surgeon, working in a hospital where I can take equal care of people on the top 1% and the 99% who are not. It’s so important for me to know that people who live in poverty can get great medical attention for $0. It makes me proud of where I live, and that is hard for me to do because I don’t think I live in the best country

  • @elliottcoster the point is while free Healthcare is good in itself, it causes many more problems in other aspects of society like removing competition in business, and increasing taxes

  • @cardone98 some would argue that the harsh profit turning aspect of business is incompatible with people's need for healthcare, and that a state ran solution would fare better when people with lower incomes, like in the US for example, cannot afford their own healthcare, who are then left to themselves with massive debts that they are unable to pay off, even in the long term. From the tax side of your argument, this may be true, but state provided healthcare is so much more easier, cohesive, and benefits the population as a whole, I would argue that tax increases to pay for this essential service are entirely worth it

  • @davidoneb I congratulate you on a clear realistic understanding of your predicament. I believe there are a majority of Americans who know this in their heart and will form the basis of response starting in Nov. Demand a right to universal healthcare and security from a gun culture run rampant. Keep the faith Brave Heart!!

  • gbvm88 3w ago

    I live in the UK. The NHS saved my life. Politicians here are trying to privatise it though #savethenhs #NHS. #savethenhsfromprivatisation

  • I’m a Canadian living in the US paying $222/mo on cheapest heakth ins. I can get and all I get free is 3 drs visits /yr. In Canada, I’d pay $30/mo to my province for unlimited... everything! The issue Cda has is systemic injustice towards indigenous folk, often geographically-linked. Another challenge in Cda is to not reduce funding relative to inflation ($ and ppl) and not allowing private op’s to pull money from the public system.@naftolijacobs

  • In Singapore medical care is subsidised, though to different extents eg. we have Medicare and Eldershield which kick in at different stages of our lives. We have polyclinics in addition to hospitals. Hospitals are cheaper if you get a referral from a polyclinic. It's not perfect, but it works

  • I was a student in Scotland and never once did I have to pay for a prescription or a doctors visit. I hurt my leg and had to go to the hospital to get x-rays and it was free. I got better treatment in a foreign country than I can in my own. 💙🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  • @anr1ka Glad you're recovering.

  • I would give anything to be able to bring my kids to the doctor without having to pay all out of pocket costs up to my $6000 deductible. Plus a $10,000 out of pocket max, bi weekly premiums of $175, and copays.

  • I have no options. I can't afford any kind of care and I've been denied from special programs because I make too much.

  • Do you see the real problem

  • I live in Australia. Free doctor, free x-rays, free ultrasound, free pathology, free emergency health care.

  • We live in New Zealand. My son has Type 1 Diabetes. We get 3 monthly appointments at the hospital, insulin, test strips, glucagon kits, ketone strips, meters, syringes, insulin pens etc and we don't have to pay anything. He's a child so we dont have to pay anything to pick up his prescriptions. He also met the requirements for an insulin pump so we get that and the consumables for it without paying too. He went to hospital for diagnosis for a week and then caught Rotavirus and went back to hospital for another week, we didnt pay anything. Doctors visits are free for children under 13. He gets a payment from the government that helps us with anything else we might have to purchase related to his diabetes. If you had an accident and broke your arm or something you just go to the emergency department and anything you need will be taken care of (x-rays, pain relief, cast etc). There are district nurses that come to your house if you need dressing changes or whatever else and we don't pay for that. I've had two babies in hospital and then got transferred to birthing centres to stay for a couple of nights, we don't pay anything for that or the midwives that we see during pregnancy. There are also nurses that come round to check the baby in the early days and then you go to their rooms when the baby's a bit older, you don't have to pay anything. We don't have health insurance because we're pretty happy just going through the public system for everything.

  • Italy 🇮🇹 hoping that nothing will change ☹️

  • @jakehogstad

  • Your argument is that profits drive incentive for research.... my argument is this is not the case. If medicine was socialized we wouldn't have cost issues with medication and doctor visits and the innovation for research would still be there because at the end on the day, doctors and researchers are driven by good, not greed

  • @mariahltx apply for Medicaid- if you can prove that you don't earn enough, it's free

  • That's fine, I believe your premise is wrong and hopelessly naive, people don't go to work to be good people. They go to earn a living. Call center staff don't go in everyday because they are altruistic and just want to help people calling in, they want their wage for performing their work. Now if the govt steps in and makes requirement and regulations on call center staff operations, reporting requirements, 7 years of education to become a call center staff person. You would see fewer and fewer people become call center staff, because the cost of enrty is so high. If the govt then comes in and caps the pay of those workers and requires them to work for a fee that may not cover their costs, the govt further disincentives entry into the field. Fewer in the field mean less phone calls are taken, the quality of those calls diminishes or the cost has to go up otherwise the doors close. This logic applies the same to doctors, as they are not an elite altruistic group, here only to serve others, they are humans just like you and I.

  • @kategriffler correction.... 👇

  • @jakehogstad

  • @jakehogstad then why is it working in Toronto, in Norway, in Denmark? And practically the rest of the first world nation. Your view is pessimistic and unfortunately I can't change that.

  • Also if socialized medicine is so great how come the United States leads the world in medical research and innovation, having discovered more life saving procedures and drugs than any country with socialized medicine

  • @kategriffler My view allows for the reality that people do what's best for them and do not always act in a way that benefits all. Do you spend your whole day thinking and acting only for others? Do you only go to work to help others and would do it with the same ddive receiving, quality and output if you were paid a quarter or half what you are today? If you could do the same amount of work and get paid more for it wouldn't you?

  • @kategriffler Apples and oranges, Denmark and Sweden are two of the highest taxed countries in the world, they also do not have the same supply side impediments to become a doctor or healthcare provider that we have here. They also pail in comparison on the innovation and research side which drives life saving medicines and procedures.

  • I think all of your comments are coming from a fear based, survivor mentality. Maybe try volunteering or perhaps do a service project selflessly. This may help shift your mentality that money is your master. When a human is driven only by the dollar, you will forever be imprisoned. You will be able to argue your view points forever, because you are trapped, and I'm sorry for this. Maybe try a little yoga????

  • I'm Canadian. I see a lot of misunderstanding about our system...some people in the US think Canadians flock to America for life saving surgery due to wait times here. Not true. I am a two time cancer survivor. Both times after I was diagnosed I had my surgery within weeks. I have never paid a dime for my healthcare, other than what I contribute through my taxes. Two major orthopaedic surgeries in my teenage years, two pregnancies and cancer surgeries and care, not a dime have I had to pay. Sure you may have to wait, sometimes too long, for non urgent surgery. But for anything acute or life threatening, you are cared for in a very timely way. I don't know anyone who has ever travelled to the US for healthcare. Period. Our system is not perfect. But we look after each other. As a culture, we are very proud of our healthcare system generally. I'm glad I pay more taxes so that I can help look after my neighbours health care. What could be more Canadian than that?🇨🇦🇨🇦

  • I live in Sweden. I have a two year old son. Every time he gets I'll, or we just get worried that he might have catched something, we take him to the doctors. I still haven't got over the fact that I never have to pay a single öre (that's a dime to you) for his health care. It does not cost me anything. If I remember correctly, that will be true up until his seventh birthday. After that, it will cost him as much as it costs me to go for a checkup when I get I'll which is about 100 kronor (roughly 14 dollars). I will gladly continue to pay taxes, and continue to vote for the parties that want me to pay taxes, for this system to continue to run.

  • @mariahltx try applying again.... I've had it taken away then reapplied and got it back. You just have to go on your state's website and put in your income- as long as it's under I think 34K you should be eligible.

  • Canadian here. I actually work in healthcare. I see everyday even the homeless getting amazing healthcare for free. No one ever has to worry about walking into an ER and having to pay. If you are sick or injured, you are entitled to treatment. Although prescription meds aren't covered, there are social programs available for those who do not have benefits through their employer. I have never had to worry about paying for the surgeries or tests I've needed.

  • Italy here. 🇮🇹 It's not perfect but I wouldn't change it. I had to have an emergency c-section, spent 5 days in hospital and didn't pay a penny for me or for my baby that had to spend time in the NICU.

  • I certainly do. In Britain it may not be state of the art- mainly because the tories are in power- but it still benefits the economically worse off.

  • @_fabrye_ and the hospital I was in is between the best 3 in the whole Europe for giving birth and also does a lot of research, so we were offered multiple genetic tests for free.

  • 🇨🇦 I broke my hand in November and have had 5 sets of X-rays done so far - free. I went to Emergency with a severe case of vertigo, got tested, treated and released- free. I had elective surgery two years ago to fix an issue that was miserable to deal with but not in any way life threatening- free. 🇨🇦Surgery was scheduled within 2 months of seeing the surgeon. I am very happy with our healthcare system and love that I never have to worry about what it will cost. I’ve had yearly physicals, mammograms, and other tests recommended as aging occurs and it’s all been free. 🇨🇦 I would like to see prescription coverage for everyone. It is now covered for kids and seniors and most adults are covered by their employers, but not all. 🇨🇦

  • @gregorypockettylocketty thank you, but I believe that each problem has it’s own solution.... and guns are a different subject matter.

  • We want Universal Healthcare!!!!

  • remil 3w ago

    I grew up in Holland (as an American citizen) and while my parents never had a lot of money our health was never a stress or worry. When I moved to the US as a twenty year old I was in school and always had at least one, if not more, jobs. It wasn’t until years of working I found out that I didn’t have insurance! 😂 I always thought of it as a right and that if I was working and paying taxes it should be there. But then again, that’s what I thought education was too and learned the hard way that that wasn’t true either...

  • I live in France, and even though taxes are quite high here, we are sure that we are going to be taken care of if we are sick or if something bad happens to us, without worrying about how are we going to pay for it. Even the biggest of surgeries is taken in charge, which is something that allows us to live quite freely without worrying about our health!

  • @thehousehandmade beautiful sentiment to hear! It’s so kind compared to how Americans are acting right now. It’s as though many of us care only about our own well being. I too care about my neighbors health care and would be more then willing to pay more in taxes to take care of all of us without worry. I pray we get there soon 🙏🏻❣️🙏🏻

  • I moved from the US to the UK recently for university (because I couldn't afford it in the US) and having the NHS is a godsend. It's like a weight is lifted and I no longer have to debate weather or not I'm "sick enough" to see a doctor. People here seem so used to it. When I tell them that my parents lost their home to medical bills they are shocked and disgusted. I'll have to go back to the US when my visa ends and I hope for our sake the US gets with the times.

  • @jakehogstad I'm a teacher. I didn't go into the business for the money. People will always follow their interests. If it's money they'll follow that. If it's to help they'll follow that. Medicare for all would weed out those just in it for the money which would only make healthcare better.

  • I.m a US citizen living in Finland. I pay 22% tax and receive good healthcare and other public services in return. Even psychological care can be covered with the right paperwork. It means that my partner and i can live without fear of being bankrupt from illness, we can go to the doctor when we need to, and it is a huge mental load off our shoulders. I'm pleased with it

  • @kategriffler appreciation the condescension from your high horse. Where do I state or how do you come to the conclusion that money is my master? It's simple economics, the reality that money does influence decisions people make, and that not all people are altruistic. Your argument is that socialized health care will improve healthcare because it will remove the profit margin for those in the field to weed out those motivated by money and leave only those truely dedicated to helping people. And that this decline in the numbers of healthcare professionals will somehow increase quality and decrease cost..... this is a fantasy. Having less of anything means it is more valuable, higher value means higher cost. Fewer doctors and researchers, means less time per patient and less research, leads to either a decline in the care and research or an increase in the cost for either. This is rather simple. If you want healthcare, not health insurance, in america to be more affordable, roll back the regulations and requirements to enter the medical field and remove the govt from price fixing care. Lower cost of entry into the field means more entrance, more doctors and researchers means more innovations and cost competition, driving quality of care up and costs down.

  • I live in the united kingdom, we have free public health care (the NHS) and we all love it. However under the conservative government, NHS services have been tendered out to private companies who pay their staff very little. They attempt to close hospitals and services with the pretext of saving money but really it is just to make people lose faith in the idea of state health care so that they chose to go private.

  • @ihatesocialmediabutfollowmykds explain how fewer doctors would improve the cost and quality of healthcare, keeping in mind simple economics. That the less there is of something that people want/need, the value of that thing increases.

  • @ihatesocialmediabutfollowmykds and one of the reasons you didn't go into teaching for the money is because it's well known there is no money it so....... Meanwhile doctors and medical professionals are consistently identified for the money they make in those fields. This is due to the high cost needed to invest in such a career pursuit. If for 7 years of difficult course work followed by months of ER rounds and overnights and all the other hoops jumped through by doctors to be , few people would go through all that if they would end up no better off than folks doing, spending, and sacrificing far less. If you were offered two jobs one teaching in Mexico City for $50k a year and the curriculum is dictated to you by the superintendent, the other teaching in Northern California for $100k a year and you have curriculum autonomy. Which do you choose? If your like most people you go with the later because you want to get the most out of your job and profession so you can support and provide for your family. If you could get paid the same or more for similiar or less work, 99% of people would take that change. This applies to medicine as well, if you're a post graduate looking for a career move do you spend a whole bunch of time and money on med school if there is no substantial additional upside? Probably not.

  • I live in Mexico, and we have universal health care here. With pretty good quality over all, you just have to wait quite a while to get attention, but almost every care is cheap or next to free. Just medicine is pretty expensive.

  • In France, it’s nicely named « social security ». To me, it means that whatever you’re poor or rich, you have the same concrete right to be in good health.

  • I’m an American living in Denmark. I thought I’d appreciate healthcare more since I’m here but I rarely get sick and I had great healthcare in the US. It was easier to see a doctor in the US than it is here. I felt like everything was very affordable in the US and of great quality. I also had dental, mental health, and eye glass coverage. I don’t get dental or eye coverage here in Denmark. I was part of a union so they negotiated a great healthcare package for us at our previous jobs. Idon’t think doctors in Denmark take people’s health concerns seriously because there are so many people that they cover. I also think over the counter medicine and Vitamins are much more expensive here than in the US. I’d never want to have a major health issue like cancer in Denmark. I’ve heard of horror stories of my friends husband who died before he could get chemo treatments. I’ve also heard of many people paying out of pocket for treatment in the US because they can’t get good treatment in Denmark. I like universal healthcare and childcare but I don’t know if the healthcare is quality when it’s a serious health concern.

  • @kategriffler I’m an American living in Denmark and I’d say that it’s not working out that great especially when you come from a country like the USA that has better medical practices. They have basic healthcare for everyone but it isn’t that great if you have major health concerns. A lot of people that I know pay out of pocket and go to the US to get great healthcare. I believe in Universal healthcare but I don’t think the systems in Denmark or Sweden are that great for major health issues. Also, people here do not have dental or eye insurance, which is shocking.

  • @brazendiva I should say dental or eye healthcare is not covered by the government.

  • @brazendiva Yes but we've had 643,000 Americans go bankrupt because of their medical bills (great economics there..... you know who) and over 45,000 people have died because they can't afford their treatment. I rather have the option to pay for better care then to die. Our system kills people. This is my main point. The US hates poor people and to be honest when you get bills for half a million dollars .... you're actually not that poor if you can't afford them

  • I think the system in Europe is different. I’m not sure it’s my main point. It’s a matter of paying about half your salary your entire life to redistribute wealth to the less fortunate or paying less taxes and supporting yourself with childcare, healthcare, and education. I did the math and it’s actually better for a middle class person in the US versus a middle class person in Denmark. The poor obviously benefit more in Denmark than in the USA because they get redistributed money from the wealthy and middle class. That’s the reason I like universal welfare systems because it helps the poor but with raw math, the US system is way better for the middle class and wealthy. You earn more money throughout your lifetime in the US then you would in a welfare country. That’s including paying out of pocket for education, childcare, and healthcare.

  • I agree with universal healthcare, but I don’t like the model in Denmark or other European countries. They provide basic healthcare but when real life threatening situations arrive, I’m not sure their systems are really good. Maybe if we focused on retribution four military budget we’d be able to have universal healthcare and free university education.

  • ladabl 3w ago

    I used to

  • I lived in Spain and had my baby there. We belonged to our community health care and my pediatrician was more than wonderful. My baby had routine appointments every 2 weeks and after some time, every month. I felt so reassured as a first time mom! And I didn’t have to pay a dime. All families are assigned a family doctor and these doctors get to know every person in the family very well. Doctor offices were spotlessly clean and people were warm and professional. I miss that.

  • I’m from Canada and I think Universal Health Care is he obvious answer. Healthcare is a human right. We all deserve to live our best and healthiest lives. All beings are equal.

  • I lived in Germany and France for 25 years and enjoyed universal health care. Europeans consider the USA a 3rd world country, when it comes to healthcare.

  • We have health care in the UK of course, just worried about brexit

  • Brazil, where the system is empoverished but treats everyone 💯 percent free of charges including meds. It works for most common ailments. In the case of cronic diseases people may go to any pharmacy to obtain prescribed meds free of charge!

  • Moved to California from Germany healthcare is really one of the big drawbacks of living here, but the climate is a winner.

  • I'm from Japan and we don't have the worries of insurance issues like the US does. Yes the payment to the government is slightly getting high because of growing ageing problems here but it's our parents and grandparents that are going to need the help so it's not just about yourself. It's a necessary sacrifice to help each other. My mom had back and knee surgery from an accident and we didn't have to worry about the medical bills because we only had to pay the minimal payment, the rest is from the government. I don't get why Americans will not consider this type of system when it works for other countries. Do you only think of profet before health?

  • Oops...nose bleeds required hospitalization. With anesthesia, after care and meds it cost us 0 dollars. I had 9 day hospital stay for pneumonia and asthma with meds and specialists and excellent care for 30 usd.

  • I have a 7 months old son. I was assisted by the @nhsenglandldn throughout pregnancy, delivery and post partum. It’s been absolutely BRILLIANT and FREE!!!

  • @brian_dbt999 What is Japan’s system of government?

  • We know that for any critical illness we have a public system which will look after us. We pay a partial fee for most medical needs but know we’ll never be left without help when it counts.

  • Hello, I currently live in Panama that provides public health services. TBH, it is not good at all. The amount of patients surpass the available medical staff and that causes shortages in beds, quality service, and more. There is a lack of medications everywhere and people will wait hours on end to see a doctor. Not to mention, many facilities are located in the urban areas and not rural areas, and is absolutely life threatening for those who need care but can't get to it. I prefer to pay for private health care, but I understand that many here cannot afford it.

  • @brian_dbt999 Heres one reason, because we pay for our military forces to protect trade routes in the south China sea and we spend trillions protecting our allies like Japan. If you had to protect yourself against China your healthcare would no longer be free. Think about that b4 you question America.

  • @conservativeguy70 The world doesn't want the US to police it. US forcing other smaller nations to agree to Its terms.

  • @brazendiva you are such an American. You actually believe your system works. You realize the rest of the world considers the USA to be a second tier nation now? I used to dislike America, now I pity it.

  • @rhyschilton I don’t agree. The president of the US is an Ahole but the US is a great country. I’ve live abroad in Europe and I travel across the world a lot. The US is a great country compared to a lot of countries in the Developed World. We complain in the US a lot about policies that need to change but other developed countries, from my perspective, are no better. I’m living in the best welfare state in the world right now (Denmark) and from what I can see, it’s not better than the US. Its different. There are still major class issues, violence, and racism. If you look at immigration trends, the USA receives the most immigrants in the world because of the things they can accomplish there. That’s coming from an African American Green Party supporter. No need to pity me.

  • fuar_1 2w ago

    I live in Canada. Often times waiting room times are long but ER is usually well off with responding to emergencies. The amount of patients surely outnumbers the amount of available staff BUT that would only be a problem in areas that need then most attention such as ER (which is not usually the case). All in all I'd rather pay for everyone's healthcare through taxes rather than pay a 30,000$ bill up front.

  • That's one easy answer: Wonderful.

  • @rhyschilton Even in Family-Friendly Scandinavia, Mothers Are Paid Less - The New York Times

  • All I’m saying is that life is no better in Scandinavia or anywhere else in the world right now. Europe is not doing better than the USA. Facts are facts. Even in Family-Friendly Scandinavia, Mothers Are Paid Less - The New York Times

  • If healthcare is a “right” that should be taken care of by the government thru taxes, then why would food, shelter, and clothing not also be considered a right? At what point is our well being our own responsibility?

  • @brazendiva you think I'm going to pay attention to the opinion of an American, on topics of failed American politics, backed up by an American publication? How do you think you all get there in the first place? 😂 Noo.... No I will not.

  • @brazendiva you're trying to cherry pick topics where other countries might be comparable and say America is ok. It is not ok. You have too many private interests controlling the government. You will never be ok until the system that allows it is rectified. Everybody else can see it... Why can't Americans?

  • @rhyschilton do you really think only private interest controls the US government? Lol...welcome to neoliberalism and the real world. The US is just like any other western country in the world. It’s no worse or better.

  • @brazendiva no worse... Ok. This is where I engage no further because it's a waste of time. Some people can't be helped or shown the light

  • Germany has it.

  • Of course, I don’t want to nor will I ever be able to pay 280,000 to live

  • @brian_dbt999 the American health system was never designed to help the patient unfortunately

  • Live in Canada other than long hospital ER waits everyone is happy

  • It means my family can get immediate medical care and we don't have to think twice about the cost. In our province prescription medication is free as well for all those under the age of 25.

  • @laughing_coconut at what point is it enough that the GOP has free healthcare for life and yet the people on food stamps are frowned upon for not being able to afford insurance? At what point do the politicians turn their back on the NRA and not accept their money to hinder our country to be safe if that means putting background checks on people unfit to have a gun. Why should these rich heartless politicians get everything for free? But a poor woman fighting cancer, uses her families life savings because they can’t afford the treatments anymore. Is that her fault?

  • @rhyschilton oh we see it. Those of us not brainwashed.

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