North Korea spends less than $1 per person per year in a system with ostensibly free state health care. And here’s what they get:
- hospitals that use unwashed hypodermic needles
- amputations that are carried out without anesthesia
- a thriving black market for addictive narcotic painkillers
Altogether you could call it the polar opposite of American private health care, where costs are higher than anywhere in the world — but you get what you pay for.
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