The Queen Mary 2 sits at Circular Quay after arriving on her 10th anniversary cruise in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

One of the biggest obstacles to creating a universal health care program in the United States that’s frequently cited is the sheer size of the population. It’s also difficult to create a system that accommodates both major metropolitan areas and isolated rural communities.

However, there’s one country that can act as a model for a health care system that covers everyone while covering a lot of real estate – Australia, which offers its Medicare national public health insurance to all Australian citizens and even visitors from countries with reciprocal health care arrangements.

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