A nation’s health system is a reflection of its values, resources, policies and politics. A second axiom is that a country’s citizens should shoulder the cost of that healthcare, whatever that is and to whomever it is delivered. Therefore, the healthcare provider to a nation’s citizens is a reflection of the nation’s resources (what can be done) and it’s morals (what is attempted).

If basic healthcare is funded in a way that is inclusive and transparent and incentivises healthcare over illness care the result will be improved health status at a lower cost.

The United States is a pluralistic society with a value system founded on the ideals of freedom of choice and the conviction that through hard work and initiative a person can achieve success. It’s a country where the principles of individual choice and responsibility are reflected in a market economy, a lack of internal restrictions on movement and the freedom to seek a life within societally accepted boundaries.

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