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.
I'm not saying that a government funded system will always work. Britain's one is pretty bad and I don't think there are many people who consider it a good system at all.
But I know I can vouch for the medical system in South Korea, Austria and Hong Kong. Government supported to various levels.
In a way, this IS preventive care. If a trip to the doctor doesn't set you back a hundred bucks, you will go at an early sign of illness and get it treated before it becomes serious. But because it costs so much, people (including myself) are reluctant to visit the doctor unless the problem is very serious.
The medical system I know outside of the US that is closest to the US system is Indonesia. It's more expensive to go to a half decent hospital in Indonesia compared to most developed countries (except perhaps the US) and the quality is also lower.