Originally Posted by HokieMSG
I hope you are not referring to Canada or Britain.
. In many cases the doctors (dentists too) have an annual cap on the number of patients that they can see (and still get paid). Many doctors work their butts off at the beginning of the year and as soon as they hit their quota they go on vacation until the next year starts. Seems against the Hippocratic Oath that they would do that but I am not a physician.
I get very tired of everyone saying that we need universal healthcare. We ALREADY have it. Hospitals are required BY LAW to treat you regardless of your ability to pay. PERIOD. What we need is preventative care reform.
Not true. Private Hospitals are only required to STABILIZE you if you are in immediate threat of dying. They do not have to cure you, merely prevent you from immediately dying. They have no obligation to permentely fix you. If you cannot pay or have no insurance they ship you off to a public hospital where the care is generally inferior, especially in urban environments.
That is NOT
UHC. UHC means you need any type of treatment, surgery, medication, etc you get it. No questioned asked. Some elective and cosmetic surgery+medication is not covered. All the vital stuff is. Hospitals should be a public service not a business.
The way it works is simple in France. Everyone has a "green card". You simply give the doctor you green card and either its prepaid by Social Security or if its a small amount you pay it and the SS reimburse you. SS is funded like in the US, it is simply deducted out of you pay slips.
The Canadian and UK models are not perfect but they are STILL vastly better than the US. There is nobody linging up to copy our healthcare system, absolutely nobody.