According to this the US spends the most per capita on healthcare in the world. This is ridiculous and is mainly because of the capitalist nature of our healthcare system. Without a government regulated system healthcare prices sky rocket due to the massive demand for healthcare. When you're terminally ill you don't care what it costs to make you better. Healthcare companies take full advantage of this by absurdly overcharging for even the simplest of care. It's incredibly unethical. If our government regulated healthcare, not only would our country spend less tax money on healthcare, healthcare would be cheaper for voluntary procedures. Our neighbors to the north spend half of what we do per capita and they receive the same level of care. Sure, sometimes they have to wait for less serious procedures, but at least they aren't afraid to actually get care. If you don't want to wait, you have to pay. Even then, you would pay a lot less for the same procedure when compared to the US. We shouldn't worry about whether it's mandatory or not, we need a complete re-vamp of the system.
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