First as many others state, it is not a higher standard of living empirically or culturally.
Second, do you understand what universal healthcare is?
- It does not guarantee you will get to see the doctor you think you need to see.
- It will not allow you test your hypothesis of what care you may need because you think the doctor isn’t considering all of the symptoms.
- Indeed, it will strip you of most of the control for your own care.
Do you really trust a state to be ever-benevolent on your behalf?
If so, I’ve got a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.
In 2000, I had the opportunity to take my uncle with congestive heart failure to the best hospital in Oxford, England (not MS). Frankly, the man was a glutton and an academic…. He loved long sits at his desk and expensive wines. He believed in the value of socialized medicine. But as soon as we wheeled him into the ER, he pulled out his wallet, fetched the US insurance card and pressing it into my hand said, “Katie, please make sure they see that I am an American and get moved to a private room right away.” Predictable. And totally hypocritical. As soon as he was air-worthy he was flown back to the US. He lasted another 16 years with excellent care in Dallas, TX. Southwestern Medical Center does some good, collaborative work across their specialities.
That Oxford hospital . . . disgusting. There were pee containers – not quite cups, much larger – lining the wall between the ER and the waiting area, on the waiting side. The stench of dozens of large pee containers WITHOUT LIDS!!! was stifling. Clearly they were not empty.
Despite carefully not touching anything while in the hospital, I contracted a bronchial infection that took 3 weeks to heal. Was it because of the hospital, can’t say for certain.
I’ve since lived in developing countries, US – many states, and european countries. I choose the US and our system with its hopes and its failures. I do wish our congress would stop trying to meld totally different ideas – healthcare and major medical – into one program. Those are totally different actuarial tables, different risks, different prices, and only loosely related for certain conditions. If you separate the two, you can build smarter systems. It’s like jamming food services together with schooling. These things don’t belong together. Responsible parties and incentives are screwed the more things you jam together.
Side note: best non-US hospital I’ve been in (as a patient no less) was in Bangkok. Can’t speak for any other hospital in their system, but the contrast with Oxford was palpable.
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