not my experience. i have been using health care in four
countries---germany, france, switzerland, and the u.s. except for emergency
care, the u.s. healthcare system was by far the worst of them all, in terms
of service and efficiency, along with being the most expensive one for me.
and i *do* have decent insurance as opposed to many other people in this
(i should add that most of the treatment i received was, fortunately, pretty
simple stuff---no major surgery, organ transplants and things like that.
though i had more serious cases in my family in germany and britain, and
they received very decent health care at essentially no cost to them.)
i think that all this talk about the superior quality of health care in the
u.s. is mostly a myth whose function, like the rambling about "socialism" in
the context of describing other health care systems, is to keep the
population in fear of what might happen if some day, gosh, some radical
leftist government would spend some of the cash that is currently dropped on
people in the the middle east on financing civilized health care and social
systems. not very surprising, of course, considering that a lot of people
would have a lot to lose if that happened.