It seems every time I go traveling I get sick to the point that I have to goto the hospital, to which one worries about the hospital bills. Of course I always have travel insurance, yet those companies will always do their best to wiesel out of paying/find a loophole, plus there are excesses and whatever. Just recently in Iran in hospital I was put on a drip for 2 hours, consulted 2 doctors, total bill =$10.
In Bangladesh, a doctor came to my hotel, did some tests and prescribed me medicine all for about $5. In Nicaragua, I received several injections, was on a drip, and received medication all for free.
Iran has terrible relations with the west, Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the western hemisphere, and Bangladesh is one of the world's poorest countries, yet all three can provide healthcare for extremely cheap or free to their own citizens (let alone foreigners). Governments providing free/cheap healthcare for their citizens is the same within western Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada etc.
Yet, within the USA, one of the wealthiest countries on earth, the government wont provide healthcare for all it's citizens, because the rhetoric is "we can't afford it." The result is a hugely inefficient and expensive private health system and an even more unequal society. Not to mention the fact that the average American citizen spends more on healthcare than any other in the world, despite it's shitness. And yet we have people like Tony Abbott who think this is the ideal system, "removing the red tape" he claims. Anyone who sees him or president Obama please pass this note on to them. Thx.