British hospitals are overburdened, but britons love their universal health care.
When Eric McRoy came to power in London’s comedy club, his routine included a joke when he went to see a doctor in England for the first time.
McElroy, 45, originally from Seattle, lived in London for nearly 20 years. As an independent comedian, his career was to laugh at the way americans and British people see the world differences – and the biggest difference is their views on health care.
“I saw a doctor who gave me some pills and sent me away, but I haven’t really done any paperwork yet, and I said, ‘that’s not right! “McRoy said on the stage, swinging from the crowd. “So I went back to the same woman and I said, ‘what am I supposed to do now? ‘she said,’ go home! ‘”
Most British audiences burst into laughter.
McRoy admits it doesn’t sound like a joke. He just described his first experience at a British public hospital. But britons find this amusing, he says, and an American will look for cash registers to try to find out how to pay for treatment at a doctor’s office or hospital. McElroy explains that this is a foreign concept.
On stage, McElroy recounts how he turned to her when the hospital receptionist instructed him to go home, saying, “that’s great!”
Surprisingly, he says, because he doesn’t have to pay – at least not at the service point. In the UK, there is a national funding system called national health service, or NHS, which guarantees the care of all. This means that from ambulances and emergency rooms to long-term hospitalization, complex surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy are free. They pay by payroll tax. In addition, any medication you get during a hospital visit is free, and most prescription drugs in the pharmacy are cheap – just a few dollars. (there is also private health care in the UK, which pays for itself or through private insurance, but only a few residents choose.)
Since the 2008 financial crisis, Britain, like many countries, has been cutting taxes and has had to cut spending. Its spending on the national health service is still growing, but at a slower pace than before. That means drugs are now being rationed. Thousands of actions have been postponed this winter. Richard Murray, chairman of the king’s foundation, a medical think tank, says the wait time for the emergency room has arrived.
“If the emergency room is really busy, it will let the ambulance queue in front of the front door – not very good,” Murray said. “In some cases, the hospital is full.”
In recent months, there have been several “save the NHS” marches in the UK, with thousands of people demonstrating the need to improve health care and provide more funding for health systems. On February 3rd a parade in downing street in central London caught the attention of Mr Trump.
Two days later, Mr Trump tweeted that the NHS was “going bankrupt, not working”. He accused Democrats of pursuing a similar universal health care system in the United States. “Dham wants to raise taxes on really bad and non-personal medical care, not to mention it!” “The President tweeted.
This tweet displeased many in Britain. That prompted prime minister Theresa may’s office to make a statement saying the prime minister was “proud” of her country’s system. British health minister Jeremy Hunt in reply said trump, he may not agree with those who participate in the “save the NHS” some of the claims, but “not one of them want to live in a 28 million people without cover” – to mining of the uninsured people. Mr Hunt wrote that he was proud that the British “are concerned about the size of their bank balances”. ”
The national health service costs less than half the cost of health care for americans, and Britain has a higher life expectancy.
The defence of Britain’s national health service runs directly across Britain’s political spectrum.
“You’re not going to find a major politician on the left or the right of the conservative party to talk about the privatization of the NHS,” Murray said. “That would be electoral poison.”
The NHS survey is better than the queen’s. Nigel Lawson, a British politician, once said: “the NHS is the closest thing the British have to religion.” It featured prominently at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, where doctors danced on music and hospital beds, and the NHS letters were seen from above.
The list of NHS staff, including dozens of NHS staff, will be held at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
The national health service celebrated its 70th birthday this summer. It was founded on July 5, 1948.
After the pain of the second world war, the British decided to provide health care for all people, and they are still very proud and protect this choice, university of Warwick medical historians, Roberta than ince said.
“The war is just over and the rubble is still smoking,” Mr. Bives said. (she is an American expatriates, has been living in the UK since the 1990 s, when she came to the doctoral study, she also describes her to see a doctor for the first time don’t believe, also don’t are asked to pay for anything.)
“People here are very, very uncomfortable because companies should benefit from people who are sick,” she said. “In the us, we are more satisfied with the idea that markets will provide services.”
Comedian mike Roy says state-sponsored health care means his family doesn’t have to worry about needing insurance through their employers. He and his wife, Erin McGuigan, are self-employed. McGuigan worked with the NHS midwives as the birth and birth of doula. She gave birth to the baby for free in the NHS system for the couple’s two children.
“You will get a follow-up care, midwives and health visitors for a few days after delivery to your home to do check inside, and make sure that breast-feeding has been established and the baby is very good – just to get new parents in their way,” said McGuigan. “I have good care.”
She said she would have to wait four to six weeks to get a doctor’s appointment if it wasn’t an emergency.
McElroy says he wants to change one thing about the NHS. His comedy routine also includes another joke about what happened to him after a small operation in England.
“When I came out of the operation, the first thing they gave me was the fish pie – I said in my routine, take me straight to the hospital because it was so disgusting!” He said.
“They might give us health care,” he joked. “but the food in this country is still terrible.”