Originally Posted by Inyri
Financially, what's the difference between paying taxes into a health care system that benefits everyone and paying premiums for an insurance policy you may potentially never end up making use of? Those premiums you pay to your insurance company are paying for the health care of other people.
That's a very good question, one I would be very interested to know the answer to. I've been trying to find a figure for the NHS per taxpayer, and i'll post it as soon as I have it.
As to the actual health systems, a study last year by the Commonwealth Fund reviewed healthcare in six different countries. The UK's NHS came first in both cost, and in quality of care, while the US health system ranked last.