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America arguably has the best healthcare system in the world, so we are bound to pay more for it.

Zetema PanelistZetema Panelist In Favor

We may be the best technologically, but we don’t rate high on health outcomes, broad coverage, patient satisfaction, or fairness. US healthcare is a poor value compared with other countries.

Zetema PanelistZetema Panelist Against

American medicine has more and better technology than other countries do. If we want these medical miracles, we need to pay for them. 

Zetema PanelistZetema Panelist In Favor

Studies confirm that the more technology we have, the more we use, whether we need to or not. Also, It’s not fair that we pay higher prices for drugs than everywhere else. We’re footing the bill for innovation while the rest of the world benefits.

Zetema PanelistZetema Panelist Against

The U.S. is larger, more diverse, and more geographically spread out than other countries, so our healthcare is bound to cost more.

Zetema PanelistZetema Panelist In Favor

The real reason US healthcare costs more is waste. The Institute of Medicine reports that 25%-50% of healthcare spending is wasted on services that don’t benefit patients. 

Zetema PanelistZetema Panelist Against

Americans demand more flexibility and faster access than do residents of other countries.

Zetema PanelistZetema Panelist In Favor

Speed isn’t the issue; pricing is. We pay more for healthcare because we pay higher rates for doctors and hospitals and higher prices for drugs. If we paid the same prices as other countries do, our costs would be similar. 

Zetema PanelistZetema Panelist Against

Many Americans don’t want the higher tax rates and greater central government control that are essential to the systems other countries use to control costs.

Zetema PanelistZetema Panelist In Favor

Every other developed country makes these tradeoffs and enjoys universal coverage at lower cost than the US has. 

Zetema PanelistZetema Panelist Against

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