The dark side of Finland's famous free health care - CNN Bernie and his compatriots have been trumpeting (no pun intended) about Medicare-For-All and using the Finnish model as their proof we should be doing it too. True, it works very well for the Finns but there is a dark side to that free health care. The main issue with countries like Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden is location. Those who live in rural parts of the country get 3rd rate healthcare, about as bad as a free clinic in Philadelphia. The problem is the quality is dependent on how many pay into the system in the area you live in: So healthcare in Helsinki is going to be far far better than in in the outlying rural areas. And keep in mind, healthcare isn't 100% free. Someone with cancer will still pay quite a bit of money on top of the taxes they already pay. The government can also say no to treatment if they deem it too costly and for little gain. Worse, Finland's government resigned recently over healthcare reform because the costs are close to exceeding revenue. To make it even worse, Finland knows they are on borrowed time because their population is aging faster than the population growth meaning tax revenue faces a massive shortfall within the next 2 decades. To make it even worse than that, they can't tax much more than they already are. Something has to give and most are saying Finland may have to abandon free healthcare or exclude those that are too expensive. The nutcracker here is Finland's proposed healthcare reform...drum roll please - privatized healthcare. What??? Don't we have that now? Why are we the ones contemplating someone else's failed system when it used to be everyone wanted to be like us? What makes systems like Finland's and the other NU countries is population size. It's far easier to hold down costs and run a system when your population is about the size of Dallas. To do it at the federal level with the population size equal to ours makes it nearly impossible to pull off.