So yes, someone else, somewhere, is paying for your awesome surgery; if they aren't, then it's the doctors who are paying, and getting truly screwed, likely prompting future prospective doctors to go into fields like business instead.
Don't get me wrong, either, America needs to and inevitably is moving towards socialized medicine. It works better and it makes more sense, even in vehemently capitalistic societies. I'm merely pointing out that you really do need to pay for it somehow, even once costs are minimized. And while $6000 may be ridiculous, there's no way the associated costs I just listed didn't realistically cost a thousand bucks or more. And you paid $15.
it is cultural, you have to understand that US culture is deeply rooted on competition over cooperation (a relic of cold era when anything that could be twisted remotely into "communism" was deemed bad, such as cooperation, sharing, common good)
Being based on competition it creates also a deep sense of entitlement, the socialized healthcare means that any bum can get as good health care as the guy who worked his ass off for many years (many still believe that working hard has anything to do with wealth, load of bs) and they see it as unfair, why should the bum have the same rights as the guy who worked hard?
It is cultural really but luckly a lot of people are starting to think differently, when all the old white men die off old age maybe there will be a lot of change.
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And we don't choose to bankrupt ourselves with inflated military spending, which is why we have significantly less debt per capita and a much lower current deficit per capita as well.
To declare that a personal, inner experience gives certainty about the workings of the universe is to assign far too much value to one’s subjective sense of conviction.
I’m not that arrogant.
The brain, marvelous instrument though it is, isn’t infallible. It can misfire, seize or hallucinate, and it can do so in a way that’s utterly indistinguishable from reality to the person experiencing it.
If they spend that money on social policies, then the US would be the most advanced country in the world, which it isnt right now... such a enormous waste of resources at the cost of citizens quality of life, then again its a difference in perspective i guess.
Also not to forget that while the "US" is a "country" realistically it is more akin to the EU than it is to canada, its a joining of many different country-sized states, so its more akin of a continent, to compare US to a country is the same as comparing the EU to a single country, senseless.
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