There is no question that you can get the best hea... (
Another interesting perspective.....Thanks!
Gerry. I am in Canada so this may not apply. However when I go for my annual check up the Dr sends an email to pharmacy that gives me my drugs for a year. I can only get them every three months though but that works. Not sure if that might give you some sort of resolutions
Having personally experienced both the Euro healthcare systems and the US systems over many years and many others I am most certainly better informed & more experienced on this topic than most of our posters. I wish that were true of photography too, but that isn't the case.
To date I've spent lengthy periods of time in some 2O countries.
US healthcare can be excellent - if you have the money, and only a relatively small percentage of the population does have enough to experience the very best healthcare. For the rest, not so great, and often cripplingly expensive.
Systems such as the UK's and Canadian systems seem to work better for a much larger percentage of the population, and a simple fact (that is skipped over by most North Americans) is that in many countries that have universal healthcare you can also have personal insurance.
In Britain for example, you may have to wait a bit to have a knee replaced (and the wait list is lengthening apparently) but if you have an accident there will be no-one rifling through your pockets to see what insurance you have.
A couple of years ago, my wife needed some particular medication - a cancer treatment - and two pills alone were $7800.
Roughly around the same time, my 86 year old mother in England, developed a severe UTI. The doctor made a house call at 6pm on Christmas Eve, along with a secondary vehicle, the traveling pharmacy. While treating her, he noted that she had a bum knee and booked an appointment to start the replacement process. He gave me - I was there at the time - his mobile number with instructions to call the following day - Christmas Day - if there was no improvement . Total bill for the three visits that he made, plus medications, came to less than $50.
There are good and bad stories about all healthcare systems but the glaringly obvious conclusion has to be the the US system is both out of control and completely unsustainable.
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My experience was years ago with health care in Germany. My daughter developed a kidney infection and was hospitalized. Fortunately her boy friend’s family stepped in to ensure she got the proper care. What was interesting was when I called the hospital admin to arrange the financial details. They estimated a five day stay and the charge was (as I recall) $1200 US a day. I asked about additional charges for labs, X-rays, band aids, aspirin, etc. The $1200 covered the cost of any and all hospital services. Very different from what I was used to. Everything turned out well. And they took American Express.
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Very helpful and thought-provoking commentary.
Our medical system is not getting better. While m... (
I refuse to use the local CVS pharmacy. A few years ago I went through their drive thru prescription pick-up for my wife and received two prescriptions from the pharmacist. One of the prescriptions was for another person. Another time I was picking up a glucometer and supplies for her as she was newly diagnosed with diabetes and the pharmacist, when asked to assist, did not provide adequate help to get the proper items to match the meter. And the final insult was the pharmacy tech who admitted to filling a script, but did not know the difference between milligrams and milliliters. I do not want my medications provided by a company that hires such incompetent employees.
I refuse to use the local CVS pharmacy. A few yea... (
Yeah, CVS is on the bottom of my list, but that's the choice of my insurance company.
Loc: Bergen, Alberta, Canada
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I have no problem with universal healthcare either. I've never had to wait for healthcare under the Canadian model and have received very good care when I need it AND it is available to all, not just a special few that can afford it.
C.V.S. sucks, they can't keep track of refill times at all. If it is a high-cost med, they will fill it 3 weeks after filling a 90-day supply. They send reminders to refill a scrip way too soon or short count the # of pills.
Loc: Raleigh, NC
The US healthcare system normally works well, but only for those that can afford it, but now with hospitals overloaded with COVID patients, even if you have the $ and the coverage, you won’t necessarily get in when you need it. We have Medicare plus Blue Cross Medicare advantage plus our personal physician (of 40 years) has gone the “boutique” route with MDVIP. He was going under with thousands of patients and insurance payments. He cut his patients to 3-400, and we pay him $450 per quarter in addition to the insurance. I can call him any time day or night and be seen within hours, even housecall if necessary, but how about the majority of the world who can’t afford that? I understand why he went that way, but the principal leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Shhhh, I'm not rich nor do I have the "best" health care in the world but just last week my doctor actually made a house call because I couldn't make it to his office. Doesn't get any better than that my friend.
In the last 15 years. I have had two knees and one shoulder replaced. All under Medicare and with absolutely no Co Pay. There is good service out there but you have to go look for it. My plan is a HMO and I believe that I have only had to pay around $100 total for drugs over a year.
Take the time to find a good Doctor group tied to a first class hospital
Key operator: You get what you pay for.
BTW - Aren't we paying for "socialized medicine" via taxes? Not really "free" is it.
In my opinion, your taxes are paying for the privilege of living in the USA, where oppottunity thrives.
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