Eight hours to see a doctor? Wow, even by the standards back home this seemed a little excessive. I guess on the bright side, my allergies were no longer as severe as they were when I was a child. Oh, and did I mention this was all free? So maybe in Sweden you have to wait forever to be seen by a doctor, but free is good right? “In percentage of the National GDP for each Country, (Sweden and USA) regarding healthcare 9.4% for Sweden and 15.2% for the USA” (2005, Swedish Healthcare Solution or Problem Tax or Insurance). How is it that a country like Sweden has this universal healthcare system, using only 9.4% of its GDP, while here in the Unites States we can’t get the job done with 15.2% of ours?
“Here is something else, The Government (USA) only covers 45% of the percentage of the GDP while Sweden covers 85% of the same. The difference here is our government (USA) is only covering the welfare base with 45% of the allotted percentage of our healthcare cost whereas your country (Sweden) is covering the entire country with the 85% of the allotted healthcare cost” (2005, Swedish Healthcare Solution or Problem Tax or Insurance). If the United States government is already this ineffective with spending, why would things change if we gave them more of our hard-earned money? Bob Unruh (2010) has reported that, “President Obama's new law giving government more power over health care will be imposed on taxpayers as well as patients, with two-thirds of a trillion dollars in tax hikes and 14 different increases on citizens earning less than $250,000 a year, according to a new