When I hurt my back I needed an MRI scan to see how bad. This could take up to 3 months on the NHS. I told my doctor I would pay. The hospital rang to say £500, I agreed to that amount and went in the next day for the scan to the same hospital where the scan would have been done under the NHS.So the wealthy get quicker treatment? That kind of stinks. But I guess it makes sense. They certainly wont be going to the same hospitals and doctors as the rest of the people. They certainly dont here either but its disappointing to hear that about the NHS. Do they actually skip the line or go to an alternative site?
bajisima:A new study shows how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has failed to solve one of the major crises in the American for-profit health insurance system that it was supposed to help eradicate: bankruptcies related to high medical bills and other healthcare-related costs.
The Consumer Bankruptcy Project (CBP) examined 910 bankruptcies that were filed between 2013 and 2016 and found that, similarly to before the ACA was passed in 2010, 66.5 percent of the bankruptcies were brought about by medical bills families were unable to afford or income loss due to illnesses. About 530,000 American households continue to see their finances wiped out each year due to medical costs, according to the report, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health.
"Unless you're Bill Gates, you're just one serious illness away from bankruptcy," said Dr. David Himmelstein, the study's lead author. "For middle-class Americans, health insurance offers little protection. Most of us have policies with so many loopholes, copayments, and deductibles that illness can put you in the poorhouse. And even the best job-based health insurance often vanishes when prolonged illness causes job loss—just when families need it most."
The report "found no evidence that the ACA reduced the proportion of bankruptcies driven by medical problems: 65.5 percent of debtors cited a medical contributor to their bankruptcy in the period prior to the ACA’s implementation as compared to 67.5 percent in the three years after the law came into effect," PNHP said in a statement.
Despite Promises of ACA, Study Shows Two-Thirds of Personal Bankruptcies Still Caused by Illness and Medical Bills
The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) from the American Public Health Association (APHA) publications
BAJ, it's coming. I'll say seriously within the next 10 years. Not completed starting conversion. The docs, nurses, techs will STAFF UP. In 25 years the entire country will wonder what the fuck took so long!!Agree but again the US doesnt have the infrastructure. We need thousands of new doctors and nurses to ensure everyone gets what they will pay for.
I'm betting that doesn't touch on the many many of the ANCILLARY expenses (for us).The average American paid $800 per month on health care and the average Brit paid £416 ($538) per month via tax.
You guys stick to your insurance system, we're certainly sticking to ours NHS.
Here's how much the average American spends on health care
No confusion, you loooooove them...and you love the thought of a hereditary aristocracy that owns the country in perpetuity without ever having to work a day in their lives..like the Rockefellers, the Trumps, the Waltons, and the other 50 richest families that own a vast part of the wealth in this country and did not have to earn a single cent of it.Nope. You must be confused again.
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