I've been reading fellow North Carolinian, D. Brad Wright's blog, Wright on Health for a while now. He is a PhD candidate who writes about health policy and works as a health services researcher. His stuff can get a little wonky but hey, so can mine.
Wright has graphs that show the difference in the cost to have lab tests, doctors fees, imaging studies, hospital stays and prescription medications in a variety of countries around the world. It's one thing to read about the differences in costs but to wrap your brain around the difference the graphs are amazing. I've linked to each of the above and really recommend you take a look at them.
You know, we hear people saying they don't want to pay higher taxes to pay for health care but it looks to me like it's just a matter of when you pay it, not if.