Congress currently is working on legislation to overhaul health insurance in America. Here's a look at health systems in the U.S. and other countries:

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Universal coverage under a mainly tax-funded health care system

Universal coverage under a mainly tax-funded health care system, with private supplemental insurance

Universal coverage under an employment-based system, with supplemental private insurance, and taxes providing for the unemployed and retirees

Universal coverage under a mostly employer-employee based payment system, with nonprofit "sickness funds"

Universal coverage under a mainly tax-funded health care system

Universal coverage under a mandatory employer-employee based national health insurance system

Mixture of private and public systems, with public care subsidized by the government

Universal coverage; consumers must buy coverage from private insurers, with government subsidies

United Kingdom
Universal coverage by tax-funded, government-run health program

United States
Mixture of employer-employee based insurance and government funding (federal government pays for older adults,  poor, disabled and veterans)


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