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A right to health care could increase the wait time for medical services.

Medicaid is an example of a federally funded single-payer health care system that provides a right to health care for low-income people. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, 9.4% of Medicaid beneficiaries have had trouble obtaining necessary care due to long wait times, versus 4.2% of people with private health insurance. [102] Countries with a universal right to health care have longer wait times than in the United States. In the average wait time to see a specialist in Canada was 60 days, [136] versus 24 days in the United States. [137] In the United States, only 25% of patients had to wait at least four weeks to see a specialist compared to 59% in Canada, 56% in Norway, and 43% in the United Kingdom – all countries that have some form of a universal right to health care. [135]

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