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Donald Trump was simply saying nice things to an ally when he called Australia’s universal healthcare system better than the U.S. system,

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Donald Trump was simply saying nice things to an ally when he called Australia’s universal healthcare system better than the U.S. system, and he does not think his country should adopt a similar approach, the White House said on Friday.

“Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do - everybody does,” Trump tweeted on Friday. 

 

“The president was complimenting a foreign leader on the operations of their healthcare system,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a news briefing. “It didn’t mean anything more than that.”

Trump raised eyebrows when he told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday in New York, “You have better health care than we do.”

Australia’s government plays a larger role in its health system. The country provides free hospital treatment and subsidized medical care for all residents through a publicly funded program. Roughly half of Australians choose to buy private coverage, which provides them with greater choices.

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-healthcare-idUSKBN18125B

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