posted on May, 13 2008 @ 11:03 AM
Living in the UK, I contribute to the NHS system through my Income Tax / National Insurance. I also have private medical insurance through my
employer. Much as the government seems to want us all to have private medical insurance these days, they never offer any decrease in Income Tax or NI
contributions to offset paying into a private scheme.
A few years ago I was unfortunate enough to end up in hospital requiring surgery. They wouldn't let me go home, telling me I needed immediate
attention, but there were no beds available at the hospital.
after several hours of waiting I rang a colleague at the office. she informed me she had just been given our BUPA membership numbers just before I
called - we'd both just been taken on full time from contract positions.
I went to the receptionists desk and informed them of this and within 30 minutes I was in a gown on a trolley being wheeled up and prepped for surgery
The hospital actually had an almost empty wing full of beds but reserved for private patients. I was seen by the same doctors and operated on by the
same crew and surgeon who had previously been prodding and poking me as an NHS patient. I was in hospital 3 days and and 2 days after I went home I
received the invoices for payment.
Needless to say I was quite shocked by this ridiculous situation.
I am personally all for a national health system, if administered properly and not run as a for profit organisation or massive money pit as it has
become over the last couple of decades. The private medical insurance system is a scam from the pharmaceutical companies supplying the drugs and
equipment down to the private companies running the various functions - cooking, cleaning, admin etc. It never used to be this way.