One small thing to remember. Where do the majority of prescription drugs get discovered? How is the research paid for?? Who pioneers medical procedures?? Who pays for those new practices??
Without the coat tails of the US medical profession to ride on, the Universal Health care might not be so great. It is easy to sit on the sidelines and reap the benefits of watching the game without sacrificing anything. If we stopped pushing the research forward with free market money, where would the world be??
I beg to differ.. Just down the road from us is the John Radcliffe Hospital and Research Centre at Oxford. This hospital is world renown in the medical industry for the research it carries out and the new procedures they devise.
The Stoke Mandeville Hosital at Aylesbury is a world centre for paraplegics and spinal injuries. St Bartholomew's and The Royal London are world renown centres for heart problems and cancer treatment.
The discovery of what DNA would look like was announced in a British pub, at lunch time, on the 28th Feb 1953 and look where that led!
The UK's Professor (Lord) Winston has developed tubal microsurgery and various techniques in reproductive surgery, including sterilization reversal and pioneered IVF treatment, which was then taken over by the money makers worldwide.
I know that some people don't understand the National Health Service here, but at least we know that if something goes wrong we will be treated.. Yes the USA may have a wonderful medical programme but if you can't afford Medical Insurance or treament YOU DIE!!!
There was a TV programme on here in the New Year about those who cannot afford Medical Insurance or treatment in the USA. One of the people featured was a 26 year old mother who desperately needed a liver transplant in order to live. She had no Medical Insurance and could not afford to have the procedure done. You try telling her, and her children, that the USA has the worlds best medical care, I bet you she wouldn't agree with you. Plus I bet the opinions of Americans who currently have medical provided with their jobs, or can afford it, would change if they were ever in the position where they could no longer afford it. In the current economic times how many of you can guarantee your jobs are safe right now. Imagine losing your job, your medical insurance or not being able to afford treatment any more! Would you still have the best medical service if your wife or your kids developed a life threatening illness and you could only stand there and watch them die as you were unable to afford the treatment.
I personally have been diagnosed with cervical abnormalities 4 times in my life, and have had FREE surgery 4 times to remove them. If I had been in a country where I had to pay for treatment I would probably be well on my way to developing cervical cancer and dying! Give me the NHS any day, yes I know it's not perfect but at least I know that I will be treated and not have to face telling my kids that I'm going to die as I couldn't afford the treatment.
The TV programme shown here featured a free clinic which was being run for one day only. The word got out and people started queueing at 2am in the hope that they could be seen and get some kind of treatment for their ailments. 2am!!! In the hope someone could help them! How can you possibly tell me that this is right! Thousands of people die in the USA every year because they can't afford medical bills, you try telling them your service is the best, their opinion may differ from yours.
The pharmicutical companies are in it for the money, nothing more, nothing less. Take Pfizers, a truly massive worldwide company, in fact my parents met there 40 years ago while working for them. In 2008 their revenue was $48.3 Billion and they spent $7.9 Billion on research and development. And the Insurance companies are just as bad, they have to make a profit or go under.
As far as I'm concerned give me the system we have here anyday. I know I will be treated, as will my kids both of whom have had surgery already, and I know damn well that it won't cost me anything. I wouldn't want to see the look on my kids faces after telling them I was going to die because I couldn't afford the cost of medical treatment.