I was fortunate enough to experience healthcare on my own bones in 2 different countries. Here in the US and in Italy, which has a system very similar to the one in England. The advantages of the Italian system are that you are always covered, your insurance is not tied into your job, you have no forms to fill out, no money to pay out. When you move into an area, you are assigned to a local clinic and you receive all your care in that clinic. Also it is highly centralized. For example, suppose you live in a city and your children receive their vaccinations. If you are transferred to another city, you don't have to go hunting for immunization records. They are kept recorded in a national central bank that can be accessed with a computer, a print out made and easy does it, it goes to the school. I always hear a lot of put downs about socialized medicine...wait times, choice, less technology, but the reality is that socialized medicine in Europe is no different from receiving care through a managed care company in the US. The difference is that it is simpler ( really no paper work) and it covers 100% of the population. Europeans get choice, short waiting times and high tech, just like Americans do if you have money. If you can pay out of pocket, you see a private MD and use a private hospital. Just like in the US, if you are the CEO of a company, you would probably have commercial insurance, see whoever you please and be able to afford that sometime gigantic 20%. I have come to the conclusion that what really scares the American population is the word socialized. It conjures up images of communism and bread lines and scares the hell out of people who have never been out of their towns. I propose that the word social medicine be dumped and that federal medical plan be used instead. What if every American were covered by something like Medicare with some adjustments to control costs. The thing is also that physicians in Europe don't earn nearly as much as they do here, unless they are internationally famous. An average salary is probably in the range of 80,000. That is opposed for example to MDs in NYC making about half a million a year in private practice. In Italy, nobody goes into medicine to make money. It is a calling. If you want to make money there you have to pick another profession.