posted on Sep, 2 2009 @ 08:15 AM
I heard a classic the other day....an American newspaper called Investor's Business Daily reported that the British NHS is so bad, and that waiting
lists are so long that "If Stephen Hawking was British he'd be dead" Now I did actually laugh so much that I nearly wet myself......how typically
American!!! If you don't get why that's funny please don't read on!
Anyway, I'm British and yes I do have private medical insurance on top of my NHS entitlement, but that's only because it comes with my job.
Incidentally BUPA (private) still uses NHS infrastructure, doctors, equipment, nurses, etc! The only thing this gives me is quicker waiting times and
nicer food really. The NHS has it's faults, sure but it is a wonderful thing, and to hear it described as evil is rather amusing.
I play Rugby so have used the A&E department many times...and yeah it takes a while to be seen if your injuries are fairly minor....but I get seen,
regardless of wealth.
If my sister gets cancer tomorrow, she'll be treated....regardless of wealth.
If my brother slips a disc in his back tomorrow, he'll be treated, regardless of wealth.
If my niece falls pregnant she'll have anti-natal classes, free baby products, a bed for the birth, post natal care etc etc....regardless of
If I have a mental breakdown next month, or get severe depression I'll be treated, perhaps for the rest of my life...regardless of wealth.
If I get a chest infection next week, I'll go and see my GP and he'll prescribe anti-biotics, regardless of wealth.
My sister is diabetic and she receives thousands of pounds worth of treatment every year, regardless of wealth!
If any system is evil it is the American system of....."well if you don't pay you can continue in pain and suffering until you die"
Plus....I've never seen an injured American over here that didn't want free treatment in one of our evil hospitals.
Laughable.....Free healthcare for all.........why would you not want that!! Weirdo's!
Whatever the current US system is...it's failing!!
"For 2006-2010, the USA's life expectancy will lag 38th in the world, after most rich nations, lagging last of the G5 (Japan, France, Germany, UK,
USA) and just after Chile (35th) and Cuba (37th)."
"The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2000, ranked the U.S. health care system as the highest in cost, first in responsiveness, 37th in overall
performance, and 72nd by overall level of health (among 191 member nations included in the study)"
"A 2008 report by the Commonwealth Fund ranked the United States last in the quality of health care among the 19 compared countries"
"The U.S. has a higher infant mortality rate than all other developed countries."
"According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the United States is the "only wealthy, industrialized nation that does
not ensure that all citizens have coverage"
Come on guys....at least try and drag yourselves in to the 21st Century!
"if you can't change the people........change the people"