I have a friend who needs biannual cancer checkups to make sure she is still in remission. The last time she went, she visited a hospital in Tecate Mexico instead of going to one in the states. The quality of care was outstanding and the bill was far cheaper than anything she would have paid in the states. She made a FB post about the experience and how wonderful it was compared to our system. Of course, friends like morningswede chimed in about how great their system was in Mexico and how stupid our system is here. But of course no one understood that the hospital she went to for her checkup is a PRIVATE hospital. It is pay as you go, here is the bill and if you can't pay it you don't get the care. Its not the "free" hospital that the cake-eaters go to so they can apply to have a surgery or get an aspirin for their broken foot. Yes my friends, it is simply amazing what kind of care you can get from a private hospital when they don't have crazy malpractice requirements, don't have to treat customers who can't pay their bills, and a long list of other burdensome requirements that US hospitals have to deal with. None of which will magically go away if we transitioned to a single payer system. I for one would love to be able to switch to a private hospital for routine health care and have an insurance policy which covers only catastrophic illness and injury. For those who think there is some magical way to give everyone top notch health care for no money, keep f'n dreaming. There isn't enough money on the planet (no matter which planet you live on Crazy eyes Cortez).