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  •  The British example is interesting... (0+ / 0-)

    Ever since the NHS was introduced no party has challenged the basic principal that "health care, based on need, is free at the point of delivery". How that care is delivered though has evolved over time and depends on where your are in the UK.
    England, for instance has a system where government agencies commision health-care from a range of independent providers. Wales, on the other hand, has a system where the health services are directly government managed. Patients in England pay a flat rate fee for one-off prescriptions. In Scotland Wales and NI all medicines are free.  
    Private health-care is available but only has a tiny up-take, mainly by the very wealthy or in areas the NHS doesn't cover such as cosmetic surgery for vanity purposes.
    The latest figures I could find are a couple of years old but in 2005 the UK spent 8.2% of GDP on health care had a life expectancy of 78.8 and an infant mortality rate of 4.9. The figures for the US were 15.2%,78.1 and 6.3.

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