- God treat the Queen May 19
In the U.S., we throw around the phrase "socialized medicine" a lot, typically referring to a Medicare-for-all system like Canada's. But when you think about it, a single-payer insurance system leaves the whole medical industry out of the government orbit.
Enter the U.K.'s National Health Service. When it comes to socialized medicine, this is the real deal. Not only is almost all coverage provided as a public service, most hospitals are run by the NHS, where doctors work for the government: It's single-payer and single-provider (with some exceptions). How well does it work? Aaron Carroll explains below. --Ryan Cooper
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai
- After Ferguson, we don't need another dialogue on race
- Russia's new air force is a mystery
- The government is getting into the fact-checking business. Be very, very afraid.
- How I became a borderline hoarder
Subscribe to the Week