Susan Cartwright

Science Fiction Writer, English

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Can anyone explain why America is the only wealthy industrialized nation that does not ensure that all its citizens have health coverage?

I was born in America, but I have spent the last 37 years working as a Registered Nurse in Australia. My husband and I have the highest cover of private health insurance that covers dental, glasses, etc. It costs $250 per month for both of us.
I understand that more money is spent per person on health care in the US than in any other nation. In 2001 a study found that medical debt contributed to over 46% of all personal bankruptcies. Since then health costs have increased. The World Health Organization states that the US health care system has the highest cost, while is only 37th overall performance. And then there is the cost of pharmaceuticals, sometimes twice as high as other countries. What's that about?
America is such a wonderful country, but where does the money go? This really has me stumped.