This makes me sad. Wikipedia’s page on Universal health details the history of health care in the world. It says,
Universal health care is health care coverage for all eligible residents of a political region and often covers medical, dental and mental health care. Typically, costs are borne in the majority by publicly-funded programs.
Universal health care is implemented in all industrialized countries, with the exception of the United States, which has drawn both praise and criticism. It is also provided in many developing countries.
Germany has the world’s oldest universal health care system, with origins dating back to Otto von Bismarck‘s social legislation, which included the Health Insurance Bill of 1883, Accident Insurance Bill of 1884, and Old Age and Disability Insurance Bill of 1889. In Britain, the National Insurance Act 1911 marked the first steps there towards universal health care, covering most employed persons and their financial dependents and all persons who had been continuous contributors to the scheme for at least five years whether they were working or not. This system of health insurance continued in force until the creation of the National Health Service in 1948 which extended health care security to all legal residents. Most current universal health care systems were implemented in the period following the Second World War as a process of deliberatehealthcare reform, intended to make health care available to all, in the spirit of Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, signed by every country doing so. The US did not ratify the social and economic rights sections, including Article 25′s right to health.
This diagram is particularly useful (blue is single payer system and green is “universal by other means:
I don’t know about you, but being equated with third-world countries isn’t cool with me. Hell, Saudi Arabia offers their population a form of universal health care.
We are so behind the times.
Via Joe my God