The High Price You Pay for Healthcare
I would like to say a word to fellow Americans who complain that in countries like Denmark, they pay much higher taxes for their healthcare, and we don't want that!
Unfortunately, what is paid in taxes for healthcare in Denmark is not money that is saved by Americans. We get charged far greater amounts for our healthcare by a system that gives far poorer results on most metrics.
In addition to getting poorer results, we get the chance to fund the incredible inefficiency of having many office workers in every hospital or doctor's office to fight with the bureaucrats in the multitudes of health insurance companies, all with differing forms, rules and policies - and they will all scratch and claw with doctors, hospitals and even their own customers to keep from paying anything they can get away with not covering. These fights can last months and years. Often the patients at the important end of these fights are in one of the most vulnerable times of their lives. The not insignificant monetary costs of this are exceeded by the emotional ones.
Americans also get to fund lots of advertising for competing insurance companies. Of course, we must also fund the ability of every insurance company executive to buy a yacht if they so choose.
If you think you do not pay the high cost for healthcare that those in Denmark are, you are playing semantics. Their system is more efficient, and it gives better results on the whole.
Also, their system covers all their citizens and the risk is shared among the entire population so that healthcare costs are not the number one reason for bankruptcy in their country, as it is in ours.
Millions in our system are given substandard care, or no care at all, and that is the avowed method we use to ration care. I would say that makes our system, in a word, immoral. Nobody deserves to be treated the way our system routinely treats people who fall victim to disease and/or traumatic injury.