All “developed nations” provide universal health care to each and every citizen, except one. The United States is the lone exception. We hardly discuss universal health care anymore. We’re too busy chattering on about insurers, hospitals, drug companies, doctors, anything but universal healthcare. Universal healthcare does not necessarily mean government-only health care. Many developed countries implementing a universal health care systems offer both public and private insurance and medical providers.
Universal healthcare systems fall into three basic categories: Single Payer, Two-Tier and Insurance Mandate.
With a single-payer system, the government provides insurance for all residents (or citizens) and pays all health care expenses except for co-pays and coinsurance. Providers may be public, private, or a combination of both. UK, Sweden, Japan and Canada are countries with single-payer healthcare systems.
With a two-tier system, the government provides or mandates catastrophic or minimum insurance coverage for all residents (or citizens), while allowing the purchase of additional voluntary insurance or fee-for service care when desired. In Singapore all residents receive a catastrophic policy from the government coupled with a health savings account that they use to pay for routine care. In other countries like Ireland and Israel, the government provides a core policy which the majority of the population supplement with private insurance. Australia, New Zealand, and Denmark also have two-tier systems.
With the insurance mandate, the government mandates that all citizens purchase insurance, whether from private, public, or non-profit insurers. In some cases the insurer list is quite restrictive, while in others a more diverse private market for insurance is simply regulated and standardized by the government. In this kind of system insurers are barred from rejecting sick individuals with a “pre-existing” condition, and individuals are required to purchase insurance. Switzerland, Austria and Germany employ an insurance mandate system.
Then there is the U.S., with its insurance mandate, but no universal healthcare for all its residents (or citizens). I suppose one could argue that the U.S. no longer has a population of citizens, but has modern-day slave/addicts that function occasionally at a semi-conscious neurological level slightly above zombie. Is it any wonder we have a zombie president, zombie Congress and zombie Supreme Court? But is this any reason to discriminate against certain classes of zombies?
It certainly appears that the government may have already developed an anti- zombie plan. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidsturt/2014/05/29/a-u-s-government-zombie-plan/#2382dc0f4dce
And here I thought we hated Big Government. Any county with an anti-zombie plan should reasonably expect to see a universal healthcare plan right around the next corner. Oh, that’s right, they’re working on it. Priorities, people.