You talk about penny pinching, which is great, but who is going to pay for the increased costs? I'm all for great health care, but the truth is health care does not exist in a vacuum, and having money to spend on laptops, mp3 players, etc, is great. If you believe that health is priceless, that's fine, but just know that health care costs would shoot through the roof is money was not an issue. For a great example, just look at MRIs and CAT scans. MRIs are pretty much universally better and a lot safer (no radiation), but CAT scans are still used a lot. Why? MRI's cost a shitload of money.
Plus, even if you do want to increase spending on health care, are hospitals or doctors even the best way to do it? I've taken a couple of health policy classes, and one thing that seems well agreed upon is that preventative measures are the best, which at its most basic level is about having a population eat health and get enough exercise. This has more to do with making sure everyone has access to fresh fruits and veggies, safe and convenient places to work out, health education, etc.