That's not entirely true, Darkstar2.
Healthcare is expensive. That is a fact.
But the costs associated with healthcare, varies greatly, from State to State and from
hospitals and clinics.
I think often what people in other parts of the world hear, is big city hospitals in New York and/or
Chicago, or John Hopkins. There are plenty of other hospitals in those cities too but in general,
you'll only hear from politicians or news about some sort of big thing that happen at those places.
The employed do generally have insurance which is mostly if not all, covered by their employer.
The unemployed and low income people, generally have medicaid. Medicaid varies from State
to State and the Insurance agency. It pays for most doctor and hospital bills. It pays for most
all children's health needs including dental and eye.
Those seniors at age 65 may apply for Medicare. Medicare pays a lot but there is some co-pay.
There are hospitals owned by religious organizations and other organizations that are run primarily
on donated funds.
There are also in most hospitals, applications that can be completed for indigence and many of
these hospitals have funds available to cover all costs of hospital stays.
In regards to vaccines, they are often free or low cost based on the above.
My insurance covers vaccines but I think the flu shot last year was about $30 or $35 at Walmart.
I get my vaccines at my doctors office.
I believe America has great hospitals, doctors, equipment, etc. But it is too expensive like most
everything else these days.