Trump praises Australia's universal healthcare says 'everybody' has better care

Marsha Scott
May 10, 2017

Opponents took the opportunity to relish over Trump's admittance that universal healthcare system is the right system, with Senator Bernie Sanders tweeting: "Thank you Mr Trump for admitting that universal healthcare is the better way to go".

In a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump praised the nation's healthcare system.

March has spent a lot of time covering the USA health care system for an Australian audience, and she says she finds it "mind boggling", "expensive", and "convoluted". Australia's universal health care system, known as Medicare, provides high-quality health care with far more efficiency than the US's.

"You have better healthcare than we do", Mr Trump said.

"I think he believes that they have a good healthcare system for Australia", she said.

Trump said he had a "productive discussion" with Turnbull on a wide range of issues in NY after he returned to the city for the first time since taking office.

The meeting with Trump was Turnbull's second with a member of the executive branch in the past month.In April, Vice President Mike Pence met with the Australian prime minister as part of a trip through Asia and Australia. Sanders, looking like he was ready to jump out of his chair, said with enthusiasm, "Oh, OK, wait a minute, Chris, wait a minute". The office of the Australian Prime Minister released a transcript of the press conference in NY on Saturday.

Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull on Friday.

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Australia's 'Medicare' system is a "universal access" public insurance program that grants citizens free access to doctors, optometrists, and public hospitals free of charge.

Trump effectively praised single-payer with his comments.

Trump's press conference with Turnbull was also notable for an awkward moment when the U.S. president failed to notice the Australian PM attempting to shake his hand. "He was simply being complimentary of the prime minster", Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee told reporters during a press briefing Friday. 'What works in Australia may not work in the United States'.

While America's health-care system has many problems, no serious analyst has suggested it is the worst in the world.

Independent scorekeepers at the Congressional Budget Office have not yet analysed the bill passed on Thursday.

"We had a great call", Turnbull interjected.

In the U.S., the new Republican bill will significantly cut the amount of government support for Medicaid, which provides healthcare support to some United States citizens.

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