In reading the Toronto newspaper last time I was there, I was amazed by a couple of stories: "shop keeper loses eyesight because he cannot afford medical care" (possibly he was a resident and not a citizen of Canada), and "Canadian flies to India for heart surgery" (the waiting list for his surgery was over one year in Canada, he got it done within hours of flying to India, and cheap too).<quoted text>
I don't know where you get your information from, yes costs go up, but something like 5% instead of 15% like here. They negotiate prices on drugs and supplies, which keeps costs down. Here the drug companies set their own prices!
The only thing worse than the kind of big-pharma/insurance company dictated health care we have in the US is a socialized, rationed version of the same "care", such as in Canada. In England, the socialized treatment for chest pains/mild heart attack is sometimes aspirin. No thank you!
Studies continue to show that those without access to this kind of "care" actually live longer.