https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/opinion/and-jesus-said-unto-paul-of-ryan.html?_r=0 And Jesus Said Unto Paul Of Ryan. That's just insane. I recently had a similar experience: About 5 hours in the emergency center. Less than $3000 (covered through insurance): We did take up a room for a couple hours, three doctors had a look, half a dozen pictures were taken (CT and XRay), a dentist was woken and spent an hour fixing broken teeth. It's not that Switzerland is cheap here. Taking an XRay in Japan costs $25, and in Switzerland ist $150+. And still, $60k is rather ludicrous if you haven't spent a week at the hospital and had a couple surgeries. My conclusion is fairly simple: The US has a pricing issue, and seeing as none of the other countries I know of have this, but they all have public healthcare, I see no link between public healthcare and pricing. In fact, the correlation points the other way: The US is the only country with pricing issues, and also the only country without public health care. So when someone says private care is cheaper: Why would you say that? Europe is public health care, and cheaper than the US. As far as I know, literally every single point of data that we have contradicts the Ryan/Republican narrative. It's basically the same as with "trickle-down" economy: A blatant lie for profit. This sums it up: "We have to paint the cars red, so they get cheaper. Red is cheap and efficient." "But every car that is sold in every other shop is more expensive when it's red." "Doesn't matter, I know red is cheaper, there is a known correlation." "But really, the correlation is the other way!"