One of the negative side-effects of having health care built in to our tax system is that we seldom have any idea what medical care costs.
I think it would be of tremendous benefit to give everyone a “receipt” every time they receive healthcare services. We wouldn’t change anything else — everything would still be covered as it is now — but we’d all know a lot more about what things cost. And perhaps both have more patience about tax increases, and more compassion for the health care systems challenges.
By the way, if you know someone staying in the Bangkok Hospital, you can send them a lovely card over the Internet, with messages including “Congratutations for your new family member” and “For a special person, with best health.”