Friday, 9 March 2012

National Health Service

So ages back I didn't have any ideas for posts, and Terra Shield suggested I do something on the good and the bad of the NHS, which is where the title of this post comes from. I haven't dealt with the NHS much, it's not exactly that I'm healthy it's that I don't like dealing with doctors.

But, I'm out of ideas again. So I'm going for this one. Let's see just what I can do. Of course I'll issue another plea for ideas. I'm not really burnt out, I'm just low on ideas. Well, whatever.

So, the NHS.

Good?
Well there is a lot of good. It's nice to not have to worry about insurance for a start. Sometimes it seems pretty simple too. The main advantage is the lack of worry. I really can't think of much else that's good.

Bad?
Well there is also some bad. It's not completely free, but I guess you couldn't expect it to be totally free. You have to pay for the medicine of course, and there are sometimes treatments you have to pay for because not everything is on the NHS. If something is too costly, or too experimental/risky, then it's not going to be free either. It has to work for it to be on there.

For example a sex change isn't available on the NHS. Though this doesn't affect me, it does affect other people. For some inane reason the hormones are on the NHS, but not the actual surgery. So there are people out there who can't become physically what they are mentally.

Though there are much worse than that that isn't on the NHS. I've seen several people have to raise funds or ask for money for live saving treatment they couldn't get on the NHS. I know Canadia has one and I'm not sure what theirs is like, but I'm pretty sure ours isn't what people think it is.

It has problems, but there are people working on solutions. Though apparently the big one they have coming through is something that's going to make it all worse, not better. Like I said I've not really dealt with them much, so I don't really know a lot. Sorry if this is crappy.

At least I have a few days to think up more ideas.

51 comments:

  1. I am scared and interested to see what will happen if socialized healthcare ever gets off the ground in the states...

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    1. I think it wouldn't be as bad as people make out. Could do some good really.

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  2. its amazing how many in the uk take the nhs for granted. getting ill anywhere in the world can be a financial nightmare, but in the uk patients moan about having to wait an hour to be seen. good post.

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    1. When it's all you've ever known you tend to take it for granted.

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  3. As you know, here in America, there are powerful forces opposed to having this kind of a system. I really don't know what is truly behind it. The opponents of such a plan claim they oppose "big government." Though the same political faction has no problem with a gigantic military, which is obviously funded by the government. I would personally be in favor of having a stronger safety net for the poor, which would include easy access to health insurance. I have health insurance at my job, but I would practically have to be independently wealthy to quit my job and still be able to afford health insurance.

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    1. I really have no idea what causes the opposition. As far as I know the main reason is that people don't want their money paying for other people's health, which just seems horribly selfish, especially coming from the image that America thinks it has.

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  4. This is quite strange. Usually I would expect funds to provide money for big stuff and not regular checkups and other small stuff. You could have subsidy on it, but there's no reason why big operations shouldn't be supported.

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    1. I think some big things are free, and some small things aren't. You have to pay for your medicine for example. I think big things like chemo and operations are free, but some things aren't. Risk and cost are a factor.

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  5. Hubby spends 3 out of 5 days a week at one doctor or another and even thought the docs are really, really good it gets overwhelming. He had his third surgery in a one year period yesterday and I can't even think about the money anymore. The first surgery cost 6 figures and that was just the beginning of this journey through hell. Thank God we both have a sense of humor.

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    1. It's at times like that you can't really think of the cost. It's good though that you have a sense of humour about it, and will go that far for him. He's a lucky man, in some ways.

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  6. they usually don't focus in the real problem and maybe is why the solutions are always worst, I'm sorry but for example, if you want a sex change surgery, you have to pay for it and let the resources (money and human capital) to other type of sick that can actually kill you or made you life worst.

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    1. I can understand that but if you are transgender then really not being able to be who you are can make your life pretty damn bad. Hell, even if you aren't trans you want to be who you are.

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  7. Hehe I'd like to know what "terrible" things you've done. I do remember one thing you told me :P
    I'm actually wondering why I'm commenting because you quite obviously hate me. *oh well*
    I jutst thought you had a very good point about not regretting the shit you've done. It doesn't make sense.

    Tay
    x

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    1. I don't hate you, at all. But I am terribly confused. So very very confused.

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  8. Why would one have to pay to live on the world they were born on without having to deal with shitty diseases?
    I think health care should be free, but nowadays people don't provide each other with anything for free, so yeah. ):

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    1. Total global free healthcare is a nice idea but I don't ever see it happening really. Like you said no one really wants to give other people anything any more. Unless some billionaires got together, I don't see it happening. Once you have that much money you don't care about anything anyway.

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  9. NHS? never heard of it, is it american?

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    1. It's the British health service.

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  10. I agree with Fang, healthcare should always be free. No idea why Americans don't want it!

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    1. Mostly it seems that they don't care as much as they pretend to about their fellow man. They don't think their money should go towards paying for someone else's health.

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  11. I agree with Melanie. I have insurance through my job so I really don't worry about it but being able to go an not have to worry about co-pays and which doctors are in-network would be nice for others (The Dr's I've been seeing are already in so there was no issue there)

    I love all my civil liberties but I think the US would seriously screw this up if we went this route.

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    1. I think if it's done right they can get it done nicely, they just have to get people to think it's not such a bad thing.

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  12. I lived in France for two years and benefited from their "socialized healthcare." Though it isn't perfect, it certainly is much better than other countries that don't even offer it...*shifty eyes*

    -Barb the French Bean

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    1. I didn't know France had socialized healthcare actually. That's pretty cool of them.

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  13. It was a pleasure to pay less in England compared to the money drain of Irish medicine.....

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    1. It is true that typically you don't have to pay much at all really.

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  14. Better than in Mexico, where you pay for everything and receive nothing.

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  15. It's still better than not having ANY insurance, especially when you're unable to work or are on a very low fixed income after working all your life. The US needs to do something soon. Good post Mark.

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    1. It really makes me sad that there are people who can't afford to buy insurance and end up in pretty bad conditions because they can't get medicine.

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  16. The bad points of the NHS sound incredibly small in comparison to the downside of the healthcare system in the United States, which is truly pathetic.

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    1. Well the ultimate downside there is you can be left on the street to die if you don't have healthcare, nothing can top that really.

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  17. Well I feel less bad about running out of things to talk about. But it's mostly because I don't have time to go out and do interesting things. :(

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    1. I have the time I just don't do it.

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  18. As far as insurance goes I know I have PPO and HMO isnt that catchy. My previous company offered labs etc free but premium was around 500 per month(it works if you are knocked up with twins
    ;-) and if you need people to wear goggles to see your smile ie radient teeth.) else doesnt matter, I let my teeth give benefit of coffee flavor doubt.
    So, cant comment much about this NHS

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    1. That seems pretty insane to me. The premiums that is. I guess it depends on what you get for it.

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  19. I think the only bad thing about NHS is the incredibly long waiting times and how much in advance you'll need to book for an appointment.

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    1. I've never really had booking problems, I can usually get an appointment the next day.

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  20. God, the 'Murrican dogmatic kool-aid-swilling fear of universal health care can reach absolutely insane proportions.

    And it's not like I'm even hearing good reasons for pro or con, just people screaming what they're being told.

    Ugh, it's actually a good time to be a punk right now. Just waitin' to spark that revolution and what-not. :3

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    1. Well when it comes to Americans sometimes whoever screams the loudest bullshit is classed as the winner.

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  21. If they made it free taxes would go up but it may be worth it!

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    1. Or we could just have free healthcare without anyone having to pay for it. That's idealistic though and won't ever happen.

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  22. Idea: Talk about the relationship you have stated you will never discuss.
    The curiosity is eating away at me.

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    1. A gentleman never goes back on his word.

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  23. It doesn't sound too bad from your description, I suppose, although I've heard of other people complain about waiting for months to be treated.
    My country is planning to emulate a system similar to the NHS, which is fine if done properly. (Admittedly, I don't trust the current govt - I believe everything they suggest involves milking as much money as they can from the taxpayer, without genuine intention to give it back to the general public)

    Currently, everyone is opposed to it, because the current system is one that works.

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    1. Well I think whatever the reason or motive behind it, a national health service can do a lot of good.

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  24. I think all in all NHS is more beneficial than not.
    True, because it's free waiting times are pretty long, and like you said not all things are completely available, but it's better than some places where if you have a broken leg, you won't get it treated, simply because you can't afford to!

    And it doesn't help that the stupid coalition government wants to bloomin reform it in the middle of a recession. Not a very good risk to take!

    But then again maybe i'm just biased cuz when i graduate ill be working in the NHS! :P

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    1. I don't know if I should congratulate you about that lol, but do the NHS proud and kick some germs ass. It is stupid to do the reforms now but I doubt they'll have a chance to do it any other time, I don't see any kind of re-election unless something major happens that makes people like any of them.

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  25. Got the weirdest message when I tried to comment on this post! I don't know if it went through or not. Let me know Mark.

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    1. It came through. I have comment moderation on old posts but I thought you'd be used to that by now.

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    2. It didn't go through though! Its not here!! But I guess it doesn't matter it was just me talking about medicare in Canada.

      Oh and pointing out you said Canadia, not Canada!

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    3. I've heard good things about your system. Don't worry the Canadia thing was deliberate. I almost always say Canadia.

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