"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. I say enjoy the show, don't take it seriously." - George Carlin
I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.
Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.
So he's rich enough to go for the best treatment available.
Where is the story?
The US healthcare system may not be the best, but we have the highest quality in the world. Cancer patients live and survive longer in the US than in any other nation on earth. We are also a leading nation when it comes to research and the quality of care is superior. I do support some form of universal healthcare (definitely not what the Dems or most European nations have). But still, when compared to quality America is #1.
That figure is based on the successful treatment of cancer. However not all cases in the US recieve treatment. In countries with UHC, all cases recieve treatment regardless. As a result those with the worst prognosis may throw the figures.
Secondly, that is only one area where there is a marked difference.
The problem isn't the quality, it's the access.We are also a leading nation when it comes to research and the quality of care is superior. I do support some form of universal healthcare (definitely not what the Dems or most European nations have). But still, when compared to quality America is #1.
And I know it is just one area, but it reflects on the other areas. We are one of the leading medical research nations on earth, and I'm sure in other areas we have high survival rates compared to other nations. What I am arguing is that the US has the greatest quality of care. I will have to agree that it is way too expensive (especially medicine). In nations with universal healthcare there is rationing and the waits for treatments are so long that people die waiting for their surgeries and treatments. With things like cancer you can't wait, it must be treated quickly if you are to survive.
My personal experience with American health care seems to be in direct opposition to your cheery rose-glasses view. And there are many other horror stories like that all over.
That is the only hospital my doctor goes to
They have nice food (yeah well you will be having gut surgery and Nil by mouth almost the entire time but enjoy!)
Better class of people
But I like the decor there (yeah but I have seen the resus trolley and you would stand a better chance out at Thargarmindah!
I can get a private room (but that means you will not have the oversight you get in shared rooms)
Best health care is actually LAST on most people's list
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