Being as communism has gained such a negative connotation in America, all related systems are subsequently detested. Thus, while a large percentage of capitalists oppose socialized medicine, most fail to recognize the overall advantages it can provide. The most common argument against socialized medicine is that it will lower the quality of healthcare. However, studies indicate that this is not the case. On the contrary, the majority of countries currently under some form of universal healthcare have longer life expectancies, lower infant mortality rates, and better overall rankings. America comes in 42nd in infant mortality with 6.3 deaths per thousand births. In life expectancy we rank just 46th with an average life of 78.14 years. In terms of overall healthcare, America comes in 37th, barely surpassing Cuba (World Health Organization 152-155). Of the 36 countries currently ahead of us in terms of medicine, 25 are under some form of universal healthcare. There are only 11 other countries in the world with universal healthcare, two of which, Iraq and Afghanistan, have healthcare provided by the U.S. through war funding. The other nine countries, which consist of Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and the Ukraine, are considerably less affluent than America and other industrialized nations. Thus, conceivably their healthcare system would be lacking.
Due to the inequalities of our healthcare system, uninsured citizens often refrain from seeking necessary medical attention in fear of costly bills. As a result they are far more likely to die of disease and other illnesses than those who can comfortably pay their hospital fees. Approximately 18,314 people die a year due to lack of necessary medical attention. Also, people suffering from colon or breast cancer are 50% more likely to die if they are uninsured (Sternberg). Uninsured people who develop aortic aneurisms are more likely to die, even after having surgery....