I have been living in Korea for a few months now, and i have to say, universal healthcare is way better than it's depicted by even the optimists in the United States. I've had 2 experiences so far (not many, I know) and they blow the United States out of the water. 1. I needed a chest xray done for work. I went to a clinic, without notice, and at the time uninsured. I explained what I needed, and they signed me up. Within 15 minutes, I had done my x-ray, consulted with a doctor about the results, and was leaving. My work paid for this test, but the uninsured total was about $21 2. I needed to see a doctor about getting local prescriptions for some daily medications. I set up an appointment for later that week. I'll admit, as a foreigner it was confusing as I went to a large university hospital, but there were people to help me through the system. This time i had my national insurance. My total for the appointment: $10. The meds, normally $30/month in the US, $12. The doctor's have been excellent, the machines are just as advanced as the U.S., every med or procedure you could imagine in the U.S. is done here, and I only pay $35/ month to the National Health Insurance. so what am I missing? One final anecdote: when I expressed my disbelief of everything to my co-workers. They replied, having both spent over 10 years living in America, "welcome to the rest of the world"