Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A view of socialized medicine

Read A Tale of 2 Sickbeds. The author contrasts his experience with a severe urinary tract infection in the UK and, a decade earlier, in New York. He relates several horrific experiences that happened to him in England. The bottom line is that you get what you pay for. The UK system is over-stretched and offers sub-standard care. The US system can be expensive but you never feel ignored nor do you find patients calling for help for an hour at a time.

Personally, I prefer the threat of high costs to the idea of being in a noisy, crowded ward without enough beds.

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