You can think of this setup as the Goldilocks option among all of the possible ways governments can insure health. It’s not as radical as single-payer models like the U.K.’s, where the government covers everyone. And it’s also not as brutal as the less-regulated version of the insurance market we had before the ACA.
The United States spends more than $8,000 a person per year on health care, well more than twice what Sweden spends. Yet health outcomes are far better in Sweden along virtually every dimension. Itsinfant mortality rate, for example, was recently less than half that of the United States. And males aged 15 to 60 are almost twice as likely todie in any given year in the United States than in Sweden.
Despite periods of economic downturns and crisis, Mexico recently achieved a significant milestone – enrolling 52.6 million previously uninsured Mexicans in public medical insurance programs and thereby achieving universal health coverage in less than a decade.