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Not every country is as wonderful as the Netherlands. I mean that I lived near Eindhoven in a place called Best for a year. I just wish people were as socially minded as the dutch.
“People think that the plasma they donate goes to the hospitals to save lives and it’s just not the case,” said Lance Bandley, Community Relations Representative of ARUP Blood Services. “If you donate at a plasma center, it cannot be used on a person. It has to go to some other use such as research, medical products or household products like shampoo.”
I've never needed a transfusion of blood but I've been stitched back together and had my life saved by NHS hospitals here in the UK enough times to be glad we have them. I rather enjoy being alive though so that's my excuse.
originally posted by: Eunuchorn
I also don't believe in hospitals or health insurance, & would not go out of my way to get blood if I needed it, assuming I got to the point where someone was able to determine that & give me a choice.
I can only speak for the NHS but you can refuse any medical treatment you wish as an adult here. No doctor will force treatment if you understand the decisions you are making. The assumption here is most folk want to live, so if you're pulled out of a car wreck unconscious, and you need blood, there is nothing on your record saying "no blood" or on a medical wrist bracelet or whatever, they will make the transfusion and try to save your life, no matter how poor you are.
Am I able to turn down blood like I can turn down chemo?