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Old 08-13-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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Bottom line:
She prefers the British system.

This American’s Experience of Britain’s Healthcare System Potential and Expectations

Here are the author's bullet points:

* My healthcare in the UK was never dictated by a bureaucrat.

* There are delays there are delays but to be honest I have experienced delays just as bad here in the US.

* I had my choice of doctors.

* I never once received a bill in the UK.

* Brits believe that healthcare is a human right and are happy to have a system that covers everyone, all the time. (Obviously, not a statement about comparing the two systems' usefulness.)

* Even with a comprehensive healthcare system that is available to all and completely free (at the point of delivery) the UK still has a healthy private system running alongside the state system.

* Because healthcare is not tied to employment, companies are free to focus on their core business and people are free to make career decisions (and life decisions) based on what is best for them instead of what preserves their healthcare.

* When things go wrong, the government answers to the people in a way that insurance companies never do.

* There is an emphasis on preventative care and the simplest way this happens is that people actually go to see their doctor when they are sick.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:20 PM
 
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Gee, sounds deplorable!!!
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: 3814′45″N 12237′53″W
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thank you for posting this very enlightening article.
very much enjoyed it.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Can you imagine being able to go to a doctor when you are sick even if you cannot afford it. Damn, there goes another privilege of having money. Lots and lots of money.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:41 AM
 
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Businesses might risk skilled workers leaving and starting up their own companies, competing with them under a system like that. Dangerous stuff.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:14 AM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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No that isn't true! The system is EVIL you hear! EVIL!!!
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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* Even with a comprehensive healthcare system that is available to all and completely free (at the point of delivery) the UK still has a healthy private system running alongside the state system
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That's really the one part I do not get. If the system is so admirable, so effective, and so revered, then why would they still need a 'healthy private system running alongside'?
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:26 AM
 
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I'm sorry, but the American right has already spoken. If Stephen Hawking was using the NHS, he'd be dead by now.

Stephen Hawking: I would not be alive without the NHS - Telegraph
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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That's really the one part I do not get. If the system is so admirable, so effective, and so revered, then why would they still need a 'healthy private system running alongside'?
For non-urgent care or elective procedures, it basically allows you to jump the line. It is only used by about 8% - 10% of Brits and works through top-up insurance. In other words, it is an add-on to the NHS and not a substitute for it. The NHS remains the main health care provider and most doctors who see private patients also work in the NHS.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:44 AM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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That's really the one part I do not get. If the system is so admirable, so effective, and so revered, then why would they still need a 'healthy private system running alongside'?
Toff's don't want to mix with the 'lower orders.'
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