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Mar 15, 2010
Right. Socialized medicine is just one part of the measure of economic freedom. One thing to keep in mind is that many of the countries on this list have been able to "afford" heavier healthcare outlays in large part by slashing their defense budgets and implicitly relying on the U.S. for their military protection. In that sense, the American taxpayer is indirectly subsidizing social outlays in other countries. Here's an overview of what these indices measure and how they're calculated: