After living in all three countries, I can tell you my personal experience is it is much easier and cheaper to go to the doctor in both countries than the US. My insurance here costs $52 a month. I go to the doctor (usually without an appointment), see him/her within 20 minutes, make a co-pay (usually about $1), get my Rx (about $5). Finished, there is no paperwork.
I know that some worry about access to medical devices and I think that it is a legitimate concern, especially in Canada, but I needed a non-emergency Cat-scan and got it in a few days in Japan.
Because it is cheap and easy, nobody worries about going to the doctor. You are sick, you go.
The quality of care in all three countries is uneven. We had good and bad doctors in Japan. I know that there is a significant medical tourism business in Korea, so I guess that others think the quality is pretty good. I have had great and terrible doctors in the US. After my mother's passing and the mistakes in her initial treatment, I am not nearly as certain of the "great" care we get in our system.
In the big picture, we Americans
- live shorter lives than most developed countries and some developing countries (37th overall)
- have many more babies die (twice the infant mortality rate of Korea and Japan and behind most developed countries)
- spend much more (16% of GDP versus 6% for Koreans and 8% for a much older Japanese society).
I have no idea if the Senate plan is great or terrible, but I am certain what we have is leading to people dying early, children dying at birth, and our country being bankrupted. There should be no celebrating the decrepit system we have being kept on life support unless you own stock in the companies who are bleeding us dry.