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Oh, heaven help us! | by Sandy Austin
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Oh, heaven help us!

Got a grind against a couple of Kiwis? It's licence to blame the nation for all that's wrong. Would have a teeny relevance if this guy was slamming our lack of cohesive, integrated transport system. Our health system is free, mate! Is yours? Sunday, 22 November 2009 edition


"Health care in the United States is provided by many separate legal entities. Health care facilities are largely owned and operated by the private sector. Health insurance is primarily provided by the private sector, with the exception of programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Veterans Health Administration. At least 15% of the population is completely uninsured, and a substantial additional portion of the population is "underinsured", or less than fully insured for medical costs they might incur. More money per person is spent on health care in the United States than in any other nation in the world, and a greater percentage of total income in the nation is spent on health care in the U.S. than in any United Nations member state except for East Timor. Medical debt is the principal cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States."

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