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Started by moyer777, August 28, 2010, 08:26:54 AM
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Quote from: Feathers on September 09, 2010, 02:08:24 PMI think we worked that one out ;)What I don't understand is everyone goes on about choice but I don't see one. It sounds like all get treated and those with money cover the costs. How is that a choice and why is it different to what we have?
Quote from: Geekyfanboy on September 09, 2010, 02:13:52 PMI've always been in support of a socialized healthcare system ala Canada and Europe. I mean we pay taxes for unemployment and social security, why not add healthcare. Healthcare should available to all .. not just those who can afford it.
Quote from: Blackride on September 09, 2010, 04:06:45 PMThe real problem that socialized medicine has it it takes away choice and the great service we get.
Quote from: Geekyfanboy on September 09, 2010, 04:10:20 PMQuote from: Blackride on September 09, 2010, 04:06:45 PMThe real problem that socialized medicine has it it takes away choice and the great service we get. Great service if you can afford it.. for us who can't we take what we can. And are you saying that socialized medicine give bad service?
Quote from: Feathers on September 10, 2010, 02:59:26 AMI think quality of service is a valid concern. Despite the fact of the National Health Service, the concept of private medicine is still very much alive and kicking over here. The downside of access for all is having to 'wait your turn' - waiting lists for hospitals are a big political football.The private options here, then, are not necessarily to get 'better' care but to jump the queue and get served quicker. The irony of this is that having paid all the taxes, you then pay again to get the treatment via a different route. I think the fact that it is perceivved as providing better facilities as well is more because it is funded by an insurance company and not the public purse. Government will NOT pay for a private room with plasma TV for everyone but insurance companies will and charge higher premiums as a result.Whatever I say of public health over here, the system is still far from perfect.I should also point out that I do have private cover through work. I haven't used it much but for what it covers, it covers in full (up to certain annual limits). There's no concept of my having to pay the first £XXX.