I keep seeing these ad’s on TV here in the US warning about the evils of state run medicine and coming up with horror stories of people being treated in Canada or the UK. Well I’m from the UK and can tell you that the entire developed world scratches their collective head and wonders how the USA can be so backward as to not have health care for all. Now the truth is in the UK you don’t just have the state run option, you can also buy private healthcare as you need it or insurance plans and those are much cheaper as the insurance companies know that most of their work is supplemental. If you’re in a car accident then you go to the nearest state run hospital and get taken care of instantly.
Twice I’ve gone to the doctor having got an appointment within a day or so with an insignificant problem of small but enlarged benign cyst’s and on each occasion they said just pop to the hospital now and they’ll operate and cut them off. And this is what happened twice. Now find me somewhere in the private sector that fast, not even a payment form to fill in. Sure there are times years ago when we had a more right wing government that didn’t finance health so well when some people chose to have some proceedure’s privately to speed up the process but even then the supplemental and the cost compared to US health-care was minor.
In Scotland prescription medicine is free for everyone. To think that half of all bankruptcies in the US are due to medical bills is incredible. That someone can in one day discover they have an illness or have an accident and the hard work they’ve put into getting to where they are in life is ruined in a heartbeat. It is insane.
I had a friend who lost the plot a bit and she was put into a psychiatric hospital for four days of observations (she didn’t make this decision) and the bill came to about $21,000. For what? Why so expensive? Thank god she had great insurance and was not poor, that would ruin some people.
When I see these advertisements of manipulation on TV it makes my blood boil. It is propoganda from those who make huge profits out of your health. And the cost to the tax payers would be less and people pay for insurance now. And would GM be in the mess they are in now if they weren’t having to pay so much more to employees than their foreign competetors as they have to cover healthcare benefits when the Germans, French, Italians, Japanese automakers don’t pay a dime towards that.
In Europe the moral issue with healthcare is that everyone should be covered, we don’t vote for ourselves to maintain it but for all of us. The dialogue in the US is so often about what is just best for the individual. But it may not be best for you if you turn ill or have a child born with a major health issue.
I see how fragile many people in the US feel about taking a change of direction in life because with the job they have they have insurance. Quite frankly for a developed nation, it is insane.