Because everyone will get cancer?
The NHS does pretty well and has certain criteria it has to meet.
For example, I had some strange smears in my 20's and had a smear every year for 5 years... no extra cost.
I'm not saying that the NHS is perfect, but it can be excellent. Even the poorest in society get a fair set of treatment.
I was recently diagnosed with something serious and in one afternoon I saw 3 consultants (i.e. the respective heads of their departments). I don't pay any extra for that. Plus, because of what it is, the criteria is diagnosis in 31 day, treatment in 62 and we're way within that.
Some health trusts do them every 2, however medical studies have shown only a tiny, tiny increase in diagnosis rate with a 2 yearly or annual test.
(BBC - Health - Womens health - Cervical smear test for UK info)
"Cervical cancer mortality in England and Wales (in women younger than 35 years) rose three-fold from 1967 to 1987. By 1988, incidence in this age-range was among the highest in the world, despite substantial opportunistic screening. Since national screening was started in 1988, this rising trend has been reversed.2"
Abnormal Cervical Smear Results
I look at healthcare as a human right not to be based on financial means. What happens to the 45 million Americans with no health insurance? What happens when you lose a job and your next employer's insurance won't pick you up based on a prexisting condition? The majority of bankruptcies in this country are due to inability to pay medical bills. I think it's cruel of a society to turn people away or give them lesser care because they can't afford it. Take the insurance companies out of the equation and pay into the system as part of our taxes. And in the US, we already do have a model for universal healthcare - it's called Medicare.
My mother had a Consultant examinaton in the local hospital (UK)that was arranged via a district nurse who works in a Rapid Response Service for frail old people with complex medical problems.She had a scan of her brain, several blood tests, heart tracing, medication review, physiotherapy assessment, had a neurology appointment for a week later, saw the dietician(weight loss)...........and all without being admitted to hospital. They kept her in a lovely department until they were happy to let her go home.....and had all the results and a care plan plus weekly therapy. This was done within four days of seeing the nurse...........Sister S*** in N**** rocks! And the good old NHS rocks too!
KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GOD DAMNED HONEY!!!!!!!!!!
Come on, let's have lots of drinks.
I know a few people that have had cancer and they all got quick, good treatment. At least you know you are going to get treated and not have to worry about not being able to pay or not. Just out of interest how much roughly would it cost you to have a first appointment with a specialist?
I also think the idea of a federally run health care system in this country is terrifying.
I'd rather see the government take a hard line on pharm companies who charge incredibly high prices for meds. I'd also like to see hopsitals unite and demand better payment from insurance companies. As it stands, some hospitals get pennies on the dollar from big companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield. That means doctors have to see way more patients and increase their prices just to stay afloat. This translates in to higher prices for patients in the long run.
For those who say that everyone is entitled to health care, I would agree 100%. However, I also think those who are able have a responsibilty to have their own insurance policy. I work in a state run hospital where we take care of all of the uninsured. It would shock you to see how many uninsured folks can still manage to buy Harley's, 3 packs of cigs and a case of beer/day. I'm all for helping out people who can't afford insurance despite their best efforts. When I look at "Johnny Three Pack a Day" who busted open his leg while racing on his new 4 wheeler, it's pretty hard to not feel some resentment towards him for eating up resources with my tax dollars.
I do believe everybody should have health care, but for those of us who worked at jobs for over 30 years specifically to have our own good health care, and still pay monthly for it in retirement, then hell no, I don't want to be bunched in with those who never paid a penny for their own.
Totally agree with bella's remarks too
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