I lived for many years in a country that included healthcare as part of social security. Healthcare was not completely free, but whatever "co-pay" there was, was minimal and would be covered by a supplementary insurance often as part of an employer's benefits. When friends of mine confronted major health issues, they were taken care of without questions. The ability to make regular visits to your physician, meant that problems were found early. The idea of "socialized" medicine as a bad thing left us with the red scares of the fifties. People are do afraid of government interfering in their healthcare when they need to realize that insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are doing that right now and paying their CEO's handsomely for it.