As candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination present their visions for “Medicare for all,” politicians on both sides of the aisle are increasingly looking to imitate Europe’s health systems to lower the cost of healthcare. But a European system would come at the cost of lower survival rates, longer wait times, and rationing care — making it a step backwards for American healthcare. While we should be seriously thinking of changing the status quo, these trade-offs require serious consideration.

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