Monday, September 28, 2009

Gov't Run Healthcare

Just out of idle curiosity, how do you Commonwealthers/EU folks out there feel about socialized medical care?

11 Comments:

At 4:08 PM, Blogger /t. said...

personally,
i'd rather be laying
on a street, bleeding, coughing
up a lung, and generally being ignored by passers-by than receive all of this free health care... i mean, who wouldn't?!?

/t. in pinko rat commie socialist canada

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger foam said...

it worked for me when i lived in germany. but that was a while ago.

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Dino aka Katy said...

i loved it when i lived in Germany. I didn't have to worry about how to pay for doctor appointments or surgery. You never had to wonder can I afford to go to the doctor - can I afford the medication. And i thought charging everyone a percentage of their income to pay for it was a good idea. this way if you did not make much money you could still afford insurance. There you pay between 13-15% of your income for insurance.

 
At 4:46 AM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

So it's not really free. I don't like the government in my health care.

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger nanuk said...

I wouldn't have it any other way. It's not perfect (long waits for elective procedures) but this crap about the government deciding who gets which treatment à la HMO is absolute bullshit. It is the doctor who decides, and I've never heard of any decision being reversed.

I have private insurance as well, but that covers an upgrade to semi-private, physiotherapy, massage therapy and prescription drug costs, as well as my CPAP.

I really can't see what all the fuss is south of the border - probably vested interests trying to maintain the status quo (and their profits).

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

I am suspicious anytime government gets involved in something. I trust those thieves about as far as I can pick them up and throw them.

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger /t. said...

phos,

we're in
complete agreement on that,
but the thieves are gonna be there robbin' us blind whether or not we have decent (or any) health care

the united states is close to the last civilized nation on earth to afford health care for ALL of it's citizens -- what's taking you so long?!?

have a great weekend, buddy

/t.

 
At 6:48 PM, Blogger nanuk said...

Here's an example: tomorrow I am flying down to Montreal for two medical consultations (dermatology and dental surgery). Both consults are free and the cost of air travel (a staggering $3,450) is picked up by medicare, since one of its principles is that all citizens have a right to access these services.
I do, however, have to pick up my hotel and meal tab, but all in all it's a good deal.

 
At 5:38 AM, Blogger dianne said...

It works here Phossy, everyone gets the medical treatment they need here.
If you are unemployed you get help, a pensioner or ex-service person, you get help, a taxpayer you get help and in a public hospital as a public patient it is free.
If you have private medical insurance which you pay for yourself, so that you can choose the doctor or surgeeon of your choice in hospital then you do pay a fee.
If you do have private medical insurance for a public hospital or a private hospital then you are given a part tax rebate, this takes some of the pressure off the public system.
It is not perfect but everyone can get medical treatment without going bankrupt. ♡

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger leelee said...

I think our blog friends have made a good case for it...I would like to see single payer here..

Its sinful what we pay and then get denied...makes me sick..oops..I had better NOT get sick...its tooscary to get sick in the US!

OK you know where I stand!

HUGS!

 
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