You are about to see the greatest healthcare system of all time for any nation in this world’s history crash and burn under socialism, and your asking us what’s wrong with it???
I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it...
there won’t be ANYWHERE for ANYONE in the world to go now.
You like your socialized medicine??? Great... Now try to find a doctor worth a damb.
Brendan, please stick around and read around. May I ask why you chose to post this in the GOP section?
43% of doctors polled in the US have stated that they WILL leave the practice if Obamacare is implemented.
I’d start by reading this story:
should be posted in bloggers&personal or general/chat
Socialized medicine and most healthcare insurance programs are unsustainable because they simply cover too much.
There are loads of affordable health care coverage options in the states that would cover catastrophic health conditions such as your liver conditions that would be very affordable for insurance holders who freely choose to pool risk.
However most health plans cover... routine doctor visits and other recurring costs that simply send costs over the top.
The easiest way to describe the problem with how we finance health care via the present insurance models...
Imagine what car insurance would costs if it included all of your gas and oil changes.
That’s the problem in a nutshell.
I am going to focus on only one aspect of your query, as there are others to outline the general problems with national health care.
You received a liver transplant. Like so many important medical breakthroughs, liver transplants were pioneered in the U.S. It is not because we have smarter people, it is because an open system encourages such breakthroughs. If the U.S. had an NHS in 1963 you could be sure that the technology would not be nearly so far along, possibly not available at any price.
If the U.S. embraces a fully nationalized system, then medical research will become even more politicized than it is now, with popular ailments and technologies getting preferential treatment, often without regard to their true potential or likelihood of success.
The world needs a class of researchers and doctors who are not completely at the mercy of government spending. The scandal of the climate change hoax as exposed by the leaked East Anglia e-mails demonstrates what can happen when there is too much reliance on the government teat.
Yeah... we have LOTS and LOTS of stories like yours here in the US too... many with very happy endings... more than you would think.
The difference is that when someone was in need, another person, private organization, local community, religious organization, doctor, hospital, etc. etc. stepped up and lended a hand... NOT THE FREAKING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
Federal assistance is supposed to be a last resort... NOT the first option.
You say without government health care you’d
be dead. No. Without health care you’d be
dead. The government lied to you when they
said that only the government can provide
health care. Their purpose is to get you
to think that you need “charitable” government
services. False again. Government doesn’t
do charity. They do thinks for their own
purposes - such as when politicians use
tax dollars (definitely not charity because
it’s not optional) to get themselves re-elected.
We’ve had limited government healthcare, and
most people survive because they pay into
their own health care. In other words,
they work for it like they work for food
You’ve been lied to.
Hmm... you have the sound of a troll about you.
I had a British friend whose father had a stroke while her parents were visiting her in the States. He went into intensive care for several weeks while he was nursed back to health. Eventually, he was deemed well enough to travel, but he was expected to be admitted into a critical care unit once back in England.
Instead, he was admitted onto a general ward. He died within two weeks.
Point one: there is no such thing as “free” healthcare. When you convince people that healthcare can be “free” and they do not pay for it directly, their demand for it is endless, and it is necessarily rationed. This happens in every country that has “free” socialized healthcare. And the irony is that people receiving the “free” healthcare pay far more for lower quality healthcare via taxes than we pay directly to receive way better healthcare.
Point two: you get what you pay for. That is an economic reality that cannot be escaped.
I’m 54 and was diagnosed with terminal cancer 7 years ago. Medicare took care of my treatment. I am in remission now - and not dead [only God knows why].
If I was on the Obama plan, my oncologist says that I would have been denied treatment altogether - due to the classification of “terminal”.
So you and your family haven’t been denied a medication yet (that you know of) because it’s expensive. You haven’t had to stand before the death panel yet? Er, I mean Medical Advisory Board..?
Government healthcare = death care, shovel ready jobs.
Have you ever been to local office of the Department of Motor Vehicles in the U.S.?
If not, please visit one and imagine that employees just like those at the DMV will be administering your health care.
Then come back and post why you would trust those people to do a task more difficult than say, scooping out a cat pan on a daily basis.
Look Brendan. Let me address your asthma. Your inhalers are “free”.
I have asthma too, Brendan. My medicine costs $130 per MONTH that I have to pay for myself, and I am on a fixed income. That is because I and my fellow Americans have to pay for the Research and Development of this wonderful stuff that keeps you and me breathing right. WE here in the States pay for the R&D so you folks in the UK can have it for free. Is that fair?
Most people I know from Great Britain say they like their healthcare. In the next breath they’ll relate some story about a family member that had to fight just to receive the simplest of care.
One friend had a family member who was actively suicidal. After one failed attempt, he was sent home from hospital and his information went into the system to get some psychological help. He was still actively suicidal when he was sent home, but those were the rules and there was no way to have him hospitalized for any longer. He would wake up in the middle of the night and try to kill himself, so my friend stayed up nights watching him. When my friend inquired about when someone would see him, the wait was six months. Six months later, a social worker visited him, determined that he was indeed suicidal and placed him on the next list to actually see a mental health professional. The average wait time was 12-18 months. He attempted suicide twice during this time and disappeared in the middle of the night several times without anyone knowing where he went. Thankfully, he survived long enough to actually receive care from a mental health professional.
Another friend with medical problems was assigned a doctor who obviously didn’t like her and treated her rudely. But, because he was the doctor available, she was unable to change to a different provider. He didn’t take her description of her symptoms seriously and eventually she quit going to the doctor.
I could go on, but if you’re actually from the UK, you’ve heard a million of them yourself.
That's an extremely lazy assumption.