Forbes conducted an in depth study on the top 15 healthiest countries to live in, and the U.S. ranked 11 on the list. A key theme for the top ranked countries is a form of socialized healthcare where health was viewed much more as a right of the people and not a privilege which seems to be a more prevalent theme in the U.S.
The numbers were put together using a host of indicators such as infant mortality, sanitation, air pollution, and access to clean drinking water. Other data from the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the UN were also figured in. Top ranked countries were Iceland, Finaland, and Sweden.
Clearly national healthcare is a top issue for the higher ranked countries in terms of social importance. Each nation's policies regarding healthcare access and insurability demonstrate this. Earlier this week National Public Radio reported the woes of Japan with their socialized healthcare plan and strict cost controls, but in contrast to the U.S. and other countries, Japan's healthcare costs are too low to support the fiscal viability of hospitals and it appears that they may have to raise prices.
In any event I think that the future for U.S. healthcare survival will mean taking a turn to a more socialized foundation of healthcare delivery if we view healthcare as a right. Either that or government driven price regulation for healthcare goods and services. Obviously our free enterprise market share system is not working out.