Am I crazy for wanting what they have?How health care works in some other countries: Everyone pays a fair share in taxes to the government. The government pays doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, receptionists, janitors, etc. etc. to do their jobs. When people need healthcare services they go to the doctor or hospital or clinic of their choice and get what they need. The only paper work is their medical records which are kept up to date by experts paid by the government. What services you need is decided by you and your doctors.
How health care works in the United States: If you're lucky you have one of those jobs that include health insurance in their compensation. Then when you need health care services you look for a provider who accepts your insurance. You make sure that whatever you need is covered by your insurance. You may have to wait while your insurance company decides whether or not to pay for whatever it is. Since health insurance companies are businesses they consider their bottom line when they decide whether or not to pay for your treatment. Some of the money that the insurance company gets from your employer goes to pay doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, receptionists, janitors, etc. etc.. Some of the money goes to pay people who decide what services you can receive and who keep track of how much you owe in co-pays. And some of the money goes into the profits that are shared by the people who own the insurance company. What services you need is decided by you and your doctor and people who work for the insurance company. But then if you leave your job for any reason you have to find a way to pay for your health care out of your pocket (this was me several times in my life). And if you have one of the many jobs that do not earn you health insurance from your employer you have to find a way to pay for your health care out of your pocket (like me when I was a bartender). And if you're self-employed you have to find a way to pay for your health care out of your pocket (like me when I drove a taxi for a living).