Well I look at the debt I'm for getting the education I want and the cost of me going to the doctor (and a health care system with huge problems in just about every area) and I am very jealous of their tax rate. Its because as tkamb said, they use their taxes to directly benefit the public in ways far more efficient than our system.
It's not that simple! You get the ground education for free! And it's mandetory until your 16 years old, then you can choose a more specialized "gymnasium" for three years, that's free as well! But if you want to study on University or something like that you have to take a loan!
Our healthcare system is free, but when you turn 20 you have to pay! But it's cheap, like 100$ to fix a broken arm.
But our dental healthcare system is only free up to your 20th birthday. And then it becomes super expensive!