Can universal health care work? | CNBC International


Whether it’s the never-ending debate on funding
for the U.K.’s National Health Service… Save our NHS! …or repeated attempts
to repeal Obamacare. Our lives are on the line! Health care remains the
most divisive issue in politics. Every country across the globe has a
different system to access health care. For many developing countries, they
operate the out of pocket model, where health care is paid for at point of
use with no centralized funding system. At the opposite end of the scale is
government-run universal health care, used by the U.K.’s National
Health Service since 1948. This leaflet is coming through
your letterbox one day soon. Financed through taxes and compulsory
national insurance contributions, it’s guided by the principle that health
care is free to all at the point of delivery. It’s this single-payer health care system,
which is the fundamental idea of Senator Bernie Sanders’
new bill ‘Medicare for All.’ The function of a rational health care system is to
provide quality care to all in a cost effective way. A tax-funded health insurance plan but
with privately-operated hospitals, providing coverage to
323 million Americans. How the tax funding would work
is still not clear however. Support for the bill is growing amongst Democrats
but with the recent failure of Vermont’s ambitious single-payer health care plan and the
threat of two million administrative job losses, Sanders’ plan is unlikely
to pass in Congress. According to Sanders, the bill’s opposition
is the pharmaceutical industry, the insurance companies, Wall
Street and the Republican party. The current profit-driven health care system fits
in with conservative ideals of small government and has resulted in the country becoming
the leader in new treatments and technologies for
conditions such as cancer. But the many obstacles and high costs
of these treatments means that roughly 30 million uninsured Americans
won’t be able to access them. And the U.S. is still spending more on health
care than any other country in the world. But is universal health
care the answer? President Truman thought so. He said that, “Every American should
have the right to adequate medical care and to adequate protection from
the economic threat of sickness.” He is against federal action
in the field of health. A single-payer system such as
the U.K.’s NHS does just that, while also costing less than half of
what health care costs in the U.S. So, if it’s cheaper and everyone gets coverage,
why do many conservatives argue against it? Because the NHS is
under serious strain. A recent report by the OECD found that the
current quality of care within the NHS is uneven and continues to struggle to keep
pace with many other countries. Many analysts believe it needs more funding,
a policy that will involve raising taxes, something most governments
would like to avoid. So is there a way of ensuring universal coverage without
compromising on quality of care at an affordable price? The answer may be a hybrid, multi-payer, health care
system used by a number of countries including France, which the World Health Organization ranked as the
number one health care system in the world in 2000. More recent research among OECD countries found
that France has the fewest number of deaths that could have been avoided
by better health care. The country uses a private,
non-profit social insurance model. Sounds complicated.
Here’s how it works. The entire French population has their health
insurance automatically deducted from their pay. For people on low or no income, their health care is
subsidized through taxes, meaning everyone is covered. But there’s a catch. Unless you have a long-term condition, the
system only covers 70% of your medical costs. This means you pay a small fee when you have
a consultation but much of the country has additional private insurance
to cover this amount. Many analysts argue this small fee
results in high standards of care. It reduces waiting times and means
patients have the freedom to choose where they receive their
health care services. It also costs 11% of the country’s GDP and
has more beds and doctors per 1,000 people as well as longer life expectancies
than both the U.S. and the U.K. The system does have its critics. Some French employers believe the
funding of health care is a tax on jobs. So why aren’t the U.S. and the
U.K. adopting similar models? One reason may be that satisfaction levels
in the U.S. and U.K.’s health care systems still remain above 60% and therefore any attempt
to change them would be a political gamble. But those levels are down from 2014 and may continue
to decline with many American citizens still uninsured and NHS waiting times
the worst for a decade. Public opinion may force changes but
finding the best way to deliver high quality health care for everyone
won’t be easy or pain-free. Hi everyone, Tom here. Thanks very much for watching. If you like what you saw, check out more of our videos. And don’t forget to subscribe.

57 Replies to “Can universal health care work? | CNBC International”

  1. Do not fall for this bullshit in the USA. When France asked the USA for their money in gold when Nixon was in the White House, Nixon fucked the French and took us off the gold standard. Our social security has been robbed by every politician within Washington to buy votes in order to stay in power, and our social security was never to be touched, but our corrupt government did it anyways.

    A one payer system will never work in the USA because our government is to corrupt to honor the system. They will slowly begin to rob that too until they have to raise the price over and over again or cut services.

  2. you did a story on universal healthcare, talked about the UK socialized system, and Frances hybrid system but did not talk about a single payer system like Canada has….weird.

  3. Misleading part about fee to see a doctor in France. The €25 in the video is the BEFORE price before l’assurance maladie (medical portion of Social Security) covers 70%.

  4. Strong video giving a great first insight into Universal Health Care which is such a complicated & divisive issue. I particularly liked the b&w footage. And such a good looking presenter 😉

  5. You always sound like you have a great background knowledge of the topics you talk about not to mention a great sense of humor which doesn’t go a miss!

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  7. Nothing is going to work, unless, really brings back the Oath !! Otherwise, the medical workers just like workers in human society, got patient,put leash on turn him or her into a money tree?AMA kicked dentist out , because at beginning,dentist pulled everybody's teeth out and made more money than MD .now MD"s turn. 2014, a young sales lady had baby, had $359.000.00 bill. You figure. I spend 7 days in hospital, $259.000.00+. If you are older person, remember "take two aspiring, call me in the morning!" Not any more . Now , you got sIckness,only the most expensive Procedure can, maybe not , help you , but we have to try it!! God bless Americans!

  8. I use universal socialised healthcare in UK I've had operations and multiple treatments that would have bankrupted me ( I've checked ) if I had been in the states .
    I have married friends she is American he's English .
    When she needed a bunion operation guess we're they went yup the UK.

  9. Universal Health care works in Spain. All the world fly to Spain to surgery for free xd is great.. I hope all countries of the world will have got universal healthcare someday

  10. this is not a serious report . you cannot compare only three countreies in a seriuos report . it is quite obvious that this is
    propaganda meant to create the iiusion that public medicine is hard to ,deliver . that is despite the fact that every country in the western world has is . except the usa

  11. It disgusts me how a country like the US can not have health care. Please America, please implement this.

  12. At 4:06, are you sure that it's France? Those two ladies sure doesn't look French…. I mean they are very overweight… LOL…

  13. My main issue with universal healthcare is technological advancement in healthcare. I know that might sound bad, but hear me out. This video says that America is leading the world in cancer research (and many new medications are made in the US). Why is that? Is there something about having many different companies provide care to their customers that forces the to constantly improve (provided there are no monopolies)?

    How many people would you save in the long term using less efficient technologies longer than you have too? Does a system that makes faster advancements in healthcare save more people overall in the long run? Technological advancements raise the standard of healthcare for everyone as well. More efficient, affordable treatment = more lives saved, in my opinion.

    Would the pharmaceutical disappear completely in a more “socialist” model of healthcare? Or would it take on a different role? Would competition to make the highest quality medication, product, etc still exist? Or would the government healthcare system be the only ones making advancements?

    With my limited knowledge on the issue, I think progress would be stunted in the more “socialist” forms of healthcare, so maybe a hybrid system similar to France might be better.

  14. I think that the graph of "Health care spending" is wrong because it suggests that in almost all of the countries listed in it the private share is bigger than the public when the situation is actually the opposite.

  15. The escalating price of health insurance is a result of government.

    1.Governmental programs like medicaid and medicare caused extreme inflation in the health market. This is due to the government providing coverage to some people through the tax dollars of everyone. This may sound like a good idea on the surface but the adverse effect of this is that more people go to the hospital than otherwise would be able to, once more people flood hospitals than the demand on them goes up and the prices will follow to accommodate the increased inflow.

    2. Another aspect that effects prices is the state provided protection preventing health insurance companies from selling insurance across state lines. Insurance companies lobby their state representatives to prevent out of state insurers to come in and increase competition. This fundamentally disrupts the law of supply and demand, creating artificially higher prices for consumers.

    3. Due patents, another government program, medical companies are able to create medications and then patent them, effectively preventing anyone else from using this drug without first paying the company, aka a monopoly. This creates an environment where these companies can charge exorbitantly high prices for their drug, this is then covered by health insurers and the inflated price is passed onto customers.

    What people don't understand is that problems are much bigger and their roots go much deeper than most are willing to look into and because of this people come to quick fix conclusions. Of which, usually involves turning to the government. Universal healthcare does not address any of these aforementioned issues, it would only exacerbates them. This crony capitalist, quasi free market system only breadths corruption, where a few win and the majority of us lose.

  16. The issue isn’t about universal health care. The issue is that we (USA) spend far more on healthcare than any other country, but it’s mostly through subsidies for research & design, and those same companies turn around and upcharge us 725% of what it costs to produce the pharmaceuticals. The Epipen is manufactured for about $1.75 a shot, but sold for just under 200 bucks.
    It’s a problem of capitalism. Everyone says we don’t have the perfect system, just the best system. They’re right, but in pointing out it’s flaws, this is one example of what you’d point to.

  17. Why does the Main stream media seem to completely ignore that just about every other first world country has universal healthcare? They act as if its some sort of impossible goal, yet you don't even have to go far. Our neighbor to the north has had the system for decades

  18. The funny thing is that he says the point of conservatives disliking universal healthcare is because of the funding etc.
    While in Britain the capitalist conservative party rule.

  19. The reason the French system, which is manifestly superior, is not quickly emulated in every country, is only ignorance and greed. Of course people should be required to pay a portion of their healthcare costs, and government should only subsidize care which fits a reasonable definition of “medically-necessary.” Otherwise, the system would quite naturally be overused and abused, and therefore become prohibitively expensive. Further, a national sales tax, or VAT, could easily fund such a system. But within those bounds, there is simply no excuse for the failure to implement such a system immediately.

  20. if the answer to a perfect healthcare system is higher taxes just do it, it's worth it. more taxes for a better health care 'worth'

  21. Check Panama Caja del seguro social and health care system its not perfect but it have a big advantage to make it a stepping stone. in addition, all doctors have to serve for some small period of time every certain year at the government hospital to keep his/her license. in other word, that guarantee that the best doctor are also available to improve the quality of the service given.

  22. Capitalists fear losing their Profit Driven system where everyone gets the best deals at the lowest prices; market system – it's what we have now and it's the best! 🙁

  23. Some people already have practically free healthcare here; it's called getting a job with good insurance benefits, which is paid for by the employer.
    If, for example, you don't even have a stable job and you need medical attention for your heroin overdose, why should you be entitled to the money I paid in taxes? Rest assured I won't demand your money if something happens to me… I'll pay for my own expenses, you pay for yours. What a novel idea.

  24. The Americans are so brainwashed by this left and right propaganda is unbelievable.
    This greedy people want to keep you all in darkness to keep taking all of your savings and retirement money.
    The whole civilized world figured this out long time ago how to take care of the health needs of their people.
    It’s very simple just look other civilized country.
    Every election they promise you to take care of this problem but in reality nothing going to change and we are paying more and more because the pharmaceutical and insurance companies are running the show. Every year they are taking more of your money and is never enough for them.
    All of us are paying enough taxes to have very good health care services for all without anybody seeing a medical bill.
    Unfortunately we spent all of the money on meaningless wars and paying these greedy vampires who are sucking the very life out of our society.
    They can’t take this with them any way and one day they going to stand before God.

  25. The United States must recognize free, universal healthcare as a human right. Most of the world’s countries already does, and they are under no threat of socialism or communism or whatever the greedy or ignorant conservatives of Wall Street and Trump’s base either believe or try to force other people to believe.

  26. Countries with universal healthcare include Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

  27. The wait list for an MRI in Canada is around a year, you could be dead by then. What they really need to do is get all these colleges to stop charging so much for education so we dont have to pay doctors and medical staff insane amounts of money just to break even and make their sacrifice worth it. Also better regulate the cost of treatments and medication so these pharmaceutical companies cant charge their outrageous prices for meds, especially those in high demand. Healthcare premiums reflect on all of these costs. The educational requirements and expectations for any job is higher than our predecessors was and our college education system has marketed on that. Same way college professors need to make more bc of the money they put into their degrees and then full circle the college has to pay that value to hire them causing tuition increases for everyone. So if anything needs to be semi socialized i believe its our higher education system. It should be based more on merit and less on money.

  28. What do you mean "can it work"?? It works for literally all of the other 32 developed countries. American idiots have been fooled by insurance company propaganda.

  29. I think the USA should have healthcare tax. That way everybody pay something in. I like the idea France has where they pay 70 percent of long care and you pay the rest.

  30. It works is Germany Sweden, Japan and just about every other civilized country in the world. This is only a question in murikkka

  31. From the UK, you don't want free health care. It sounds awesome on paper but we have terminally ill patients struggling to find beds due to the number of people leeching off of it. With free health care, people go in for headaches and bruises instead of taking pain killers. It creates a nation of hypochondriacs. I can say this from personal experience as I went into A&E for a headache during the Ebola crisis and I had about a 4-hour wait at 11pm at night just to see a consultant who sent me home straight away.

  32. Unlike all advanced countries, the U.S. has no universal healthcare system; almost 49M people, soon to have no coverage of any kind. It's like the republicans are missing the empathy-gene, totally lacking in compassion; and common sense, resulting in healthcare system inferior compared to single payer/universal systems in developed countries, like Canada:
    -* administrative overhead for health care: Canada 2%   U.S.A. 18%
    -* per capita cost: Canada $5,000 to cover everyone, U.S. $10,000 but tens of millions left uninsured
    -* access to health care:.
    — in Canada, it is considered a human right.
    — in the U.S., it is bankrupting millions of families, while maximizing industry profits. 
    The U.S., unlike all civilized countries, has no paid maternity leave.

    Under fRump, truckloads of money disappearing from actual health care – squandered to fill up private coffers – and to pay for the insane tax break he gave to the richest 1%. He truly is the dumbest president in U.S. history! And his supporters, the "base": ARE YOU CRAZY?!?

    In case you don't know: hundreds of doctors have moved to Canada to practise, because they are beyond fed-up with the incoherent, unfair, unjust insurance game built into the American health care. The only developed country, so lacking in common sense (and simple math), that they can't see the bleeding obvious: universal healthcare is superior!

  33. It won`t work because of the people who would loose their jobs.
    The Rich and Pharmaceutical companies would loose a lot of Money.
    And what the industry takes to insure against mistreatment and major claims for compensation.

  34. The simplest model for the US would be the Dutch and Swiss system: private healthcare, but insurance is compulsory and the state pays the premiums of the unemployed as part of their unemployment benefits. That's immediately achievable tomorrow, as opposed to pipedreams about nationalising the entire health sector.

  35. Here in Canada we have ONLY socialized medicine…we pay a good chunk in
    taxes (about 42%) toward healthcare and we are barely handling it now. ie. long waits at
    hospitals for emergency services, backlog of diagnostic procedures and
    delays of months to years for elective surgeries. Our baby boomer
    population is just getting started to get really old. Our one tier
    system will most certainly collapse within the next 10 years. A Hybrid system is
    the way to go.

  36. Doctors and Dentists would have their salaries cut bigtime. Is this the reward they deserve after years of schooling?

  37. The parasite Joe Biden gets free the best health care and why care for the poor when he's a yes man to the rich elite. The Repubictards and Demoncatz are the same party ( two sides of the same coin ) ! The party for the rich elite !% and their mega-corporations. John F Kennedy was the last real President that we had and it got him assassinated ! Every other president has just been yes men and just figure heads ! You can see from Johnson to Trump and notice the plight of the poor . The destruction of the unions, under taxation of the rich and over taxation of the poor, free medical care for the Senate, House of Representatives, and President ! Yet they deny medical care for the poor so the rich insurance companies can keep their money! Health care for the poor to the Repubictards and Demoncatz is pure socialism and communism but free health care for them, full pay in retirement, trillion dollar buyouts for the mega-corporations, and tax breaks for the rich in trickle down myth! That is the great capitalism they spew about i.e. Social Corporatism ! Don't you think the polls are fake and dishonest ! Bernie Sanders has low poll ratings really ?, it is insulting to people that think for themselves, but OK for the Bread and Circuses crowd ! The Media lies and supports these fake polls and therefore are fake news !

  38. Canada is a good example of universal healthcare I do believe that we have a different process then U.K but it works we get great healthcare at no cost. Also the federal government pays half then province pays other half which makes it easier for province's to supply healthcare

  39. With universal healthcare, doctors and nurses will get poor pay, medical technology will regress and people will be forced to pay high costs for healthcare for other people and not themselves.

  40. Americans are so brainwashed, they argue against the very policies that would most benefit their own health and that of their children. It’s sad to watch.

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