Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/21/09 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 02:40 PM ET

The one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on when discussing healthcare is that the current U.S. system is not working. Forty-five million Americans are without health insurance, an anomaly when compared to their European and Asian counterparts. President Barack Obama had wanted a comprehensive bill on a new domestic healthcare system on his desk for signing by October, but acknowledging the fractious environment, extended his deadline to the end of the year. What the White House and Democrats are proposing does not resemble the healthcare systems in other countries. The Huffington Post selected seven countries with their own individual systems.

Slideshow sources: NPR, The New York Times, Health Canada, WHO, National Policy Analysis, The Boston Globe

The Canadian healthcare system is known as "medicare" and it offers universal, comprehensive coverage for hospital and physician services. Private insurance companies have practically no role in the system. The state or regional governments fund healthcare services with assistance from the federal government. All medical services are free of charge for the 33 million people living in Canada. Canadians acknowledge their healthcare system has flaws -- there are shortages of doctors in some places and some elective procedures may entail long lines -- but Canadians emphasize that all those who need medical assistance receive it.




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