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But it's also disturbing to know that nationalized healthcare systems ration healthcare through waiting lists,

wc do you have private (affluent) health insurance? if you have never experienced a waiting list for US health care then you must be among the elitel   'cos I am a middle class worker in America and I have HMO coverage like millions of others, and we could tell you about waiting lists.  6 weeks just to get an appt with my GP -- consultations limited to 15 minutes.  almost 2 months to get access to an MRI scan after a disabling injury.  and for this my employer pays 30 percent overhead to the beancounters?  and if I lose my job I have no health insurance at all, except at extortionate "individual policy" rates?

here is a discussion board for nurses where their frustration with HMO health-care rationing is openly and frankly aired.

my GP once said in a moment of candour -- wasting a precious few seconds of that 15 minutes -- that working under American health system conditions was enough to drive a doctor mad.  every decision he made, he said, after 12 years of medical school and internship, was second guessed by a cadre of MBAs and CPAs who never saw an actual suffering, scared human being in their lives.  [brief pause to cool off].  I don't see that a national health care system can be a whole lot worse.

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Oct 13th, 2005 at 05:48:05 PM EST
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