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A friend of mine told me that the NHS in the UK is a whole lot worse than the whole deal they have over in the US, which I had a hard time accepting.
I tried to find some sites or comparative studies taking comparing the situation between different countries but couldn't come up with anything good so instead I tried to do it myself.
Let's take the UK for an example, with the NHS:
The yearly budget of the NHS is approximately £100 billion which divided by the population of the UK (roughly 62 million) gives us a per person cost of £1,612.
That is, $2,655 when directly converted into US dollar or enough to buy 1,612 McDonald cheeseburgers in the UK (as directly converting a currency is misleading I'll go with the McDonald comparison index. For comparison, you need to pay $1,612 to buy 1,612 McDonald cheeseburgers).
If we divide the budget by the number of income-tax payers (roughly 30 million) then we get £3,333 (3,333 McDonald cheeseburgers) a year per person.
Putting aside all my silly calculations, it does seem like an awful lot and quite possibly a lot more than what a decent private insurance in the US cost. But to make a fair comparison you'd have to look at a number of other factors, some more directly related (in addition to the monthly payments, you might have to pay still for the procedures in the US while some procedures aren't covered at all) and others less so (the private insurance might be more expensive but other things in life are cheaper in comparison with the UK).
Anyway, what do you think?
Where would you rather live if all non-healthcare things were equal?