PBS Documentary: "Sick Around the World"

"Sick Around the World" is a documentary that compares the healthcare systems in Germany, UK, Japan, Germany, and the U.S. One of the main reasons that I love this documentary is that it shows the pros and cons of having a universal healthcare system. Many people in the Americans want a universal healthcare system because that means healthcare for all. But what most people do not think about is the costs of having this type of system. We would have to sacrifice something. The British pay enormous amount of taxes. One would say that the amount of taxes they pay is comparable to the amount we pay for premiums. In Japan the healthcare system is actually losing money. Doctors are not receiving enough money and neither are hospitals. In Germany, you can find yourself waiting not just for one week but for three weeks to see a doctor. 

I'm not condoning a universal healthcare system. I think that if the U.S. were to adopt one that would be great because I do believe that everyone should have access to care. But what about the ramifications? Remember, there are many stakeholders in healthcare, so who would be hurt by having a universal healthcare system? What would we have to give up in order to have equal access to care?