Who develops most new groundbreaking treatments, procedures, technology, drugs, etc, etc. Canada, Italy? I don't think so. If you take the competition out of medicine, then its quality will decline. The reason that we have the best specialists is because they are paid handsomely, which, like it or not, helps attract the best minds into medicine. If you take away that incentive, the quality of medical school applicants will go way down. When there is no incentive to find a better way to so something (ie $$), then how many people do you think will be working their tails off to come up with these new treatments? This is the essence of the capitalistic society, Which makes the U.S. a GREAT place. All other countries feed off of our medical knowledge, our procedures, and our drugs. JMHO.
We have some access issues, but as it's been said before, I've never seen anyone, no matter how poor, turned away from the hospital. What needs to be reformed is the INSURANCE industry. I have absolutely NO love for these folks.