This is not a debate, this is for people who know and have lived somewhere with a government run health care system. I would like your knowledge having lived with this kind of system. Pros and Cons and whether you would prefer to keep that system or be on your own for health care.
Again for everyone else, I am just wanting this info from people who HAVE it or have had it before. Not a debate.
Asked by Anonymous at 2:07 PM on Dec. 30, 2010 in Health
Answer by sstepph at 3:27 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
I've lived in the UK and now live in Canada.
Pros: I never have financial worries. I never have to deal with insurance companies. Screening programs. Free vaccines. Quality health care. In the UK, pre and post-natal care at home and low prescription fees. Free prescriptions and dental care for pregnant women and senior citizens.
Cons: Waiting times and shortage of family doctors in some areas. Higher taxes.
Answer by beeky at 4:01 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
I prefer government health care. I wouldn't live anywhere that didn't have it.
Answer by beeky at 4:03 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
What would be an average waiting time? I can usually get an appointment with my family doctor within a week. I called my dr on a Mondaylast month to book 4 appointments (it seemed we all needed to go lol). I got 3 appointments for the next day and 1 for Thursday. The waiting times are for referrals to specialists. It can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. You get seen faster if your condition is serious, but generally the wait isn't a hardship.
And were the higher taxes worth the benefits? In my opinion, yes! I have medical care anytime, anywhere. It doesn't matter how much I earn, or even if I'm employed. This is especially critical for the elderly who no longer have insurance from an employer or can no longer afford private insurance.
Answer by beeky at 4:22 PM on Dec. 30, 2010
Answer by tobys.mommy at 1:13 AM on Dec. 31, 2010