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Medicare for all-this is touted by one Presidential candidate but rebutted by the current majority party. There have been no real details on the medicare for all proposal but there have been outrageous numbers put out by those against it. The article below shows how the UK (and possibly Canada) deal with Healthcare along with other social welfare programs, pay attention to the highlighted areas. MA.

Richard Craig, Lived in the UK and elsewhere
Answered Mar 16 2018 · Author has 1.3k answers and 618.5k answer views

The NHS receives roughly 20% of total tax revenue. How much you pay is, naturally, dependent on what you earn.
Median incomes in the U.K. are around £22–25k. Someone earning £25k will pay approximately £5k of income tax and NI, meaning they pay about £1000pa for the NHS on the face of it and that would be on their tax statement.
The situation is more complicated because there are other indirect taxes, VAT, duty etc all of which go into the pot. Someone earning £25k usually ends up paying £9k in taxes total. By that measure, the NHS ends up costing about £1800pa or £150 a month.
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How much does the average UK person (in full time employment) spend each year in taxes on the NHS compared to an equivalent private health plan…
Why can’t the UK privatise the NHS? Why should people be forced to pay for other people on benefits?
How much money is given to UK hospitals from NHS for each birth delivered? Is there a different payment for different types of births?
Why does the UK government have so little money to pay for the NHS, education and other public services despite taxing citizens heavily?
Should the UK abolish the NHS?
Cameron MacDonald Gazzola Black, lives in The United Kingdom (1965-present)
Answered Mar 16, 2018 · Upvoted by Joe Jacobs, former Consultant Child Psychotherapist at National Health Service (1980-2015) · Author has 964 answers and 161.9k answer views

Officially, the NHS is paid for through National Insurance (in reality that hasn’t been the case for a long time, as governments simply add NI to the general taxation pot and use as much or, much more likely, as little of it as they want to use for the NHS). NI is currently about 13% of each worker’s wages up to a ceiling earnings level beyond which no more is paid. So if someone is earning the equivalent of US$30000, they pay about $330 a month of National Insurance. BUT, it’s more complicated than that, because NI doesn’t only pay for the NHS, it also pays for the entire benefits (welfare) budget, including old age pensions, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, housing benefit and much more, and all of that dwarfs the NHS budget. So my best guess would be that an average worker pays maybe $100 a month towards the NHS.
But there’s more. The NHS includes FAR more than average US healthcare plans. It includes dental health, eye health, the right to see the best doctor available for your condition, every penny of every hospital stay, all prescription costs in three of the four nations of the UK (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), my American wife’s orthopaedic shoes are free on the NHS, the list goes on and on. And all of that is freely available to everyone in the country, whether working or not. We pay much less for healthcare than Americans do, we’re all covered to a much higher level than all but the very richest Americans, and our governments pay far less for healthcare than the US government does.
There’s a reason we wouldn’t give it up without a hell of a fight.


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