Like Michael I lived in Taiwan for awhile. They have a single-payer system as well. Now I'm not saying I'm for this, but here's what I've seen. Not all so-called "socialist" health care plans are the same. Canada's seems bad. I met many Canadians in Taiwan, and they said Taiwan's system is way better than theirs. I thought it was pretty good too. The gov't pays the doctors for their services. There is still competition, because the best doctors get more patients. You can also buy antibiotics at corner stores with no prescription.
They do this with 6% income tax.
And they buy a significant amount of military hardware (from us) to keep China at bay.
How do they do it?
I don't know.
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