The United States spends "almost three times per capita what they spend in the U.K." on health care and "50 percent more than they pay in France.
— Bernie Sanders on Saturday, December 19th, 2015 in the Dec. 19 Democratic presidential debate
by Jon Greenberg on December 20, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., says the best solution to address problems in the United States’ health care system is to guarantee every American access to health care as a right.
Speaking at the New Hampshire Democratic presidential debate, Sanders continued to express support for a single-payer health care system that is popular throughout much of the rest of the world.
To make his point, Sanders compared health care costs between the United States and two other Western nations -- the United Kingdom and France.
"Why is it that we spend almost three times per capita as to what they spend in the U.K. -- 50 percent more than what they pay in France?" Sanders asked. "The insurance companies, the drug companies are bribing the United States Congress. We need to pass a Medicare-for-all single-payer system."
Sanders’ numbers are arresting and largely correct.