The US spends far more on healthcare per capita than any other country in the world, but our healthcare system consistently ranks lower than almost every other western country in the world in terms of actually providing care. Why are we Americans getting so much less for our money? Part of the problem is that so many people don't get problems fixed until they are expensive emergencies. It's analogous to never doing any maintenance on your car until one of the warning lights goes on, and then you have to take it to a mechanic to fix hundreds of dollars worth of problems that could have been avoided by spending $20 to change the oil and a fan belt. Our current system that requires hospitals to provide emergency treatment but denies non-emergency treatment to people who can't pay is partly responsible. In the last WHO ranking of countries by healthcare, Cuba ranks 37th - just 2 behind the US. Why is such a poor, shitty little country with no resources and an oppressive government able to rank just 2 below the richest country in the world? Especially when they spend less than half of what we do per capita on healthcare? The answer is that healthcare in Cuba has a strong focus on preventative medicine and catching small problems so that they can be corrected before they become emergencies. It's fine to make arguments about whether or not healthcare is a right, if people should have to pay for each other, etc. In fact, I think it's very important that people discuss that sort of thing. But it's hard to argue with the fact that healthcare in the US is incredibly inefficient. Our current system spends a lot more per capita than every other country, but gets less results. It seems clear that the market has absolutely failed here…which isn’t very surprising when you consider how healthcare pretty much fails at every single economic requirement for being a candidate for efficient free market control.