SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) This may be common knowledge to a lot of people, but did you all know the Universal Coverage countries governments spend a smaller percent of their budgets on healthcare than the US government does? (Which is especially crazy considering how huge our defense spending is which really increases our total budget compared to all of these other places) Interesting chart I found on wikipedia, scroll halfway down link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_system USA government spends 18.5% of budget on healthcare which is a higher percent than Norway, Sweden, Italy, UK, France, Japan, Germany, Canada. And our healthcare costs as percent of GDP are almost twice that of most of those countries.