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  • SPQR
  • Super Waygook

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    • March 08, 2018, 07:04:54 pm
    • Canada
Brits react to cost of US medical care
« on: December 07, 2019, 07:50:47 am »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CgeHrC2boE

Best comment: "That awkward moment when you realize the US would be
better off if we lost the revolutionary war...   ;D



  • stoat
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • March 05, 2019, 06:36:13 pm
    • seoul
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2019, 07:56:07 am »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CgeHrC2boE

Best comment: "That awkward moment when you realize the US would be
better off if we lost the revolutionary war...   ;D



They need to do a follow up. Yanks react to NHS waiting times.

 'So how long do you think you have to wait for a cataract operation'? 
'Ummm, 8 weeks?'
Try 15 months'
'That's mental!"
« Last Edit: December 07, 2019, 08:21:31 am by stoat »


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  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • July 05, 2017, 10:54:06 am
    • Mouseville
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2019, 08:30:30 am »
Quote
They need to do a follow up. Yanks react to NHS waiting times.

 'So how long do you think you have to wait for a cataract operation'?
'Ummm, 8 weeks?'
Try 15 months'
'That's mental!

Yeah...nobody ever wants to talk about that.


  • Savant
  • The Legend

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    • April 07, 2012, 11:35:31 pm
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2019, 10:45:08 am »
My dad got both his knee joints replaced on the NHS. He didn't need to wait 15 months.

Yes, there a lot of wrong things with the NHS but I would still rather choose that than face bankruptcy in the US system.



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    • September 27, 2011, 11:51:01 am
    • Chungnam
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2019, 12:00:38 pm »
Bankruptcy or death? Such inspiring options!


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  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • July 05, 2017, 10:54:06 am
    • Mouseville
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2019, 12:08:42 pm »
My dad got both his knee joints replaced on the NHS. He didn't need to wait 15 months.

Yes, there a lot of wrong things with the NHS but I would still rather choose that than face bankruptcy in the US system.



I will agree with that.  BOTH sides have their merits and flaws.


  • stoat
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • March 05, 2019, 06:36:13 pm
    • seoul
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2019, 01:13:11 pm »
If it costs 30 grand to have a kid born in the US you'd think the birthrate would be even lower than Korea's. Though in fact it's higher than most of Europe. Is that because poor people can get it done for free or something?


  • SPQR
  • Super Waygook

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    • March 08, 2018, 07:04:54 pm
    • Canada
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2019, 01:45:08 pm »
My dad got both his knee joints replaced on the NHS. He didn't need to wait 15 months.

Yes, there a lot of wrong things with the NHS but I would still rather choose that than face bankruptcy in the US system.



I will agree with that.  BOTH sides have their merits and flaws.

There is a big difference, though.  Most Canadians and Western
Europeans would think it utterly repugnant if someone, like a
neighbor, was denied healthcare or medicine and died. Americans
seem to see it as a norm.


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  • Waygook Lord

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    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2019, 02:23:10 pm »
People donít die.

Either insurance covers it.

Or they just never pay the bill. (Very common.)

Canadians (the OP is Canadian) love to bash the US. But notice how they never start threads about what a horrible country North Korea is, how messed up South Africa is, etc.


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  • Waygook Lord

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    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2019, 02:27:56 pm »
If an American doesnít pay a hospital bill, nothing happens to them. Except their credit rating is hurt, so if looking for a house, all they can get is in a ghetto neighborhood where people speak Ebonics. Last I checked almost all Americans have health insurance. And most college grads have employer provided health insurance.


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  • Waygook Lord

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Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2019, 02:39:30 pm »
92% of Americans have health insurance. For those who donít, they canít be denied for lack of it. The hospital just hopes theyíll pay the bill. (Offer to pay it upfront - ensuring you actually will pay - and you can get a big discount.)


  • oglop
  • The Legend

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    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2019, 02:57:40 pm »
^ lol. the whole world pretty much agrees the US health system is insane, but americans always seem to want to defend it. same with guns, actually


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  • Waygook Lord

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    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2019, 03:34:44 pm »
American life expectancy is way longer than the global average. Life satisfaction and happiness levels are, too.  In fact itís the #1 country others want to immigrate to.  Itís not as bad as youíre making it out to be.


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  • Waygook Lord

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    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2019, 03:46:45 pm »
The worldís most sophisticated medical advancements come out of the US. The rest of the world benefits.


  • fka
  • Expert Waygook

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    • September 05, 2019, 06:37:44 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2019, 04:06:27 pm »
If you were designing a country's health care system from scratch, you'd probably want to consider things like cost efficiency, internal coherence, bureaucratic transparency and clear delegations of decision-making power on the provider side. On the user end, you want accessibility, dependability, affordability and successful public health outcomes.

So considering these factors, would you really use the US as a model?



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  • Waygook Lord

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Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2019, 04:20:02 pm »
In the United States, if youíre a winner in life, youíll have access to the best health care in the world, fully covered by your employer.  ...but... thatís not everyone. So yeah, sadder situation for some. Also, those criticizing the American health care system donít even fully understand it and all its complexities.


  • fka
  • Expert Waygook

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    • September 05, 2019, 06:37:44 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2019, 04:26:16 pm »
In the United States, if youíre a winner in life, youíll have access to the best health care in the world, fully covered by your employer.  ...but... thatís not everyone. So yeah, sadder situation for some. Also, those criticizing the American health care system donít even fully understand it and all its complexities.

A phrase like "fully covered by your employer" suggests that you know very little about the system and its complexities. That would imply that your employer pays the full cost of your insurance, and the insurance covers the full cost of your medical expenses, whatever the amount and whatever the reason for the expenses.

How many people do you know with coverage like that?


  • fka
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    • September 05, 2019, 06:37:44 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Brits react to cost of US medical care
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2019, 05:01:43 pm »
By the way, here's how the 90% coverage statistic breaks down in practice:



Again, if you were in a room with a pen and a whiteboard, designing a system from scratch, is that what you'd come up with?


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