My SIL is in Germany, and said something similar the other day. They have private insurance from the states and have no problem seeing good doctors and getting prompt treatment. However, her German friends (unless they are very rich) get the socialized medicine. They have to take the whole day off to see the doctor, sit in the waiting room, hope they get called in that day, and then hope they don't have to wait forever for tests, xrays, etc.
I think that the biggest problem is the immigration issue, where there are floods of people coming from cultures that don’t even really take care of their bodies and they don’t have the ability or drive to learn something. They don’t have the cultural impetus to not mooch. Basically they don’t understand the concept of ‘process.’