Naysayers who want to stick in the mud of America’s failing for-profit health care system say we can’t afford Medicare for All. But we’re already paying much more for basic medical procedures than nations that do something like Medicare for All.
So says the International Federation of Health Plans in its latest International Comparative Price Report. If you went to the hospital in 2017, you paid more for pretty much everything than you fellow patients in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates, all of which do some form of universal health care:
You also paid more for most of your drugs than our more sensibly socialist global counterparts:
As Senator Bernie Sanders reminds us, if we can afford these crazy costs, we can totally afford to follow the model of other nations and work together as a nation to cover everyone’s medical bills.