It's interesting you should bring up the French system. WHO rates it #1 in the world, but are they right? That rating was questioned by other researchers: Their results: Of course, the #1 health care system doesn't come cheap. France's is one of the most expensive in the world, according to the same study. Wow! That's almost half as much as the US spends. Is it so expensive because of it being socialized medicine? Well, no... The bottom line is that, unless we change our system, we're going to price ourselves out of the ability to provide health care for any but the wealthiest, or perhaps the best insured. We have the most expensive health care in the world, by far. We don't have the best health care by any objective measure. The only argument against universal care seems to be that it is "socialized medicine" and therefore bad, because it is socialism and socialism is always bad. This kind of circular reasoning will have to be addressed and shown to be what it is, or we will continue to pay too much for a mediocre system. Not that we don't have good doctors and nurses, of course, it's the insurance system that needs to be reformed.