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Europe's free, state-run healthcare has drawbacks

AP/Yahoo News, July 6, 2009

As President Barack Obama pushes to overhaul the American healthcare system, the role of government is at the heart of the debate. In Europe, free, state-run healthcare is a given, but the system is far from perfect. In Britain, France, Switzerland and elsewhere, public health systems have become political punching bags for opposition parties, costs have skyrocketed and in some cases, patients have needlessly suffered and died.