And, of course, the emergency ward trip costs the state at least an order of magnitude more than what it would cost to pay for minimal preventative care. This cost, by unicorns and magic pixie dust, is always considered not to exist by critics of publicly run healthcare. Just like the cost of bankruptcies due to the extreme inefficiencies of private sector health care, the number one cause of bankruptcies in the US, magically don't exist.
Everybody's required to have car insurance because society got sick of the carnage and massive property damage caused by uninsured drivers which used to be picked up by that good old sucker "The Taxpayer". I have yet to hear why that situation is different for healthcare or gun ownership.