Grass is always greener on the other side...<quoted text>
The fact that they are looking at or considering changing their system in no way detracts from my statement that it appears to be better than our own. Note that they are not talking of doing away with universal health coverage, though some things currently covered may be reduced.
They are tweaking instead of trying to break the entire system. Makes sense to try and fix. Democrats are considering breaking entire sysytem, tweaking, and slow death of private insurance.
Also, their population is about 1/4 of ours as well which makes their situation far more "manageable" than our 306 Million.
Rationing is part of ALL government Health Care and reducing care is about the only way gov can slow cost explosions from Bankrupting gov resources/funding.<quoted text>
The fact is, they probably need to reduce coverage.
I can take a paid vacation for a month or 2 as well. I have months of vacation time accrued.<quoted text> Once or twice in their lives they can take about a 30 day vacation at a health spa for a stress break paid for by their plan. They also get to collect their paycheck while on this break.
Redundancy costs a fortune and we're not even bringing up the issue of too many patients - too few "General Practitioners".<quoted text>
I have stated several times that I would be perfectly happy with a single payer system that provided MINIMUM coverage which could be increased with the use of supplemental policies available to individuals and through employers.
Many of the single payer systems around the world found that they couldn't provide adequate health care by themselves & are no forced to try and rebuild a private care sector.
We need to learn from others mistakes. Not repeat them IMO.
Community Health Centers already exist (albeit in rough hoods) and they are trying to fund their expansion which also covers illegals since anyone with a pulse basically can use the service w/o ID.<quoted text>
If we keep the current system, I would like to see the government set up free health clinics that offer minimum services and act as clearing stations for those on Medicaid and without insurance. they would have to go to an aid station before a hospital unless they had a bonafide emergency.
Ever have to visit one of these? Can't imagine walking into one of these cesspools again with MY children.
Sure. The more the merrier.<quoted text>
The advantage of aid stations is that in the event of a natural disaster it would allow you to increase the availability of healthcare in a given area rapidly by shifting resources.