I don't think there's a perfect system. We have free medical care for all, but because of the long waiting lists, most Australians take out private health cover. This ensures you get what you need promptly and with your choice of doctor. Health insurance premiums are paid by the individual in Australia, not the employer.
Health insurance is not compulsory here but there are good incentives to take it out e.g. 30% (I think it is) is subsidised by the Government.
I believe everyone should be entitled to health care, even at the expense of higher taxes.
Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
Osteotomies and Laminectomies
Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free