ONE YEAR AGO, 15 ADULTS WERE ASKED: WHAT’S IT REALLY LIKE TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY WITH UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. SERIOUSLY.

September 2, 2015 – 12:53 pm


1. ‘American here. Been living in the UK for four years. First doctors visit, I got laughs from staff when I asked “is this it? do I just leave now?” and felt guilty for leaving the office without any kind of co-pay to worry about or insurance card to flash.’ - Brickmana

2. ‘New Zealand here. You break your arm. You go to hospital. They operate and everything is taken care of. You go home.’ - Yhusama

3. ‘My little son broke his arm yesterday, we walked into casualty in a UK hospital, the receptionist took the time to talk to him and crack a few jokes, the triage nurses were great and the folks who x rayed him all took the time to show him the pictures and explain what all the bones where. The plaster guys were friendly and gentle whilst making time to tell us how to look after the cast. Walked out without it costing us anything except parking that is not already covered in my taxes.
This is the NHS, not perfect but pretty freaking awesome in my book.’ - Aliktren

4. ‘UK here. My wife gave birth this year, via C-section. Three-night stay in hospital, private room, meals, painkillers (we’ve got so much leftover codeine I’ve thought about selling it to make a couple of mortgage overpayments), and oh yeah major surgery and post-op care. The biggest expense of the whole weekend was the sandwich I bought for lunch while visiting each day.’ - Dalffalolsz

5. ‘I’m an 18-year-old Australian that had heart surgery earlier this year. Without universal health care I would be either dead or thousands of dollars in debt in the next few years. I will never live in a country without it.’ - mofftt

6. ‘Poland here. Endless waiting in lines.’ - ffocuss

7. ‘In New Zealand, if I get hurt or sick I can show up to the ER and not worry about commas in my bill.’ - dmanww

8. ‘UK here. Relative had several years of dialysis, then a kidney transplant, treatment for further complications involving a further three or four further surgical procedures. They have then also been taking a whole cocktail of meds since all this started, about ten years ago. All completely free.’ - Gmona

9. ‘Japan here. I ‘m single without kids, and I pay 4 per cent of my gross income for National Health Insurance, and my employer kicks in a matching amount. Care is quite cheap. My last MRI was $60.’ - Nessie

10. ‘In the UK sexual health clinics and associated medicines to treat STI’s are completely free, and there are lots of clinics up and down the country that operate independently of your local GP. I have read stories of teens (and adults) in America not treating STI’s because they can’t afford the treatment and are too scared to go to their parents.’ - diggdal

11. ‘France here: you won’t be bankrupt because you had cancer or something and lost your job. Most medical expenses are fully reimbursed by the Social Security. We pay for it: taxes are heavier than in the US, but all in all it works quite well.’ - graendallstud

12. ‘Swede here, since I’ve grown up with it it’s not really a big deal for me. For example; 10 years ago, when I was eight, my brother chopped my index finger off. I went to the hospital, got everything taken care of, and went home.’ - Gnadalf

13. ‘Canadian here. When we get sick or hurt. the cost of healthcare is the last thing on our minds. I imagine it would be my first concern if I lived in the States.’ - prestidigit8or

14. ‘American living in Denmark here. I don’t have to worry about cost. If I need to go to the doctor, I can without having to budget for it. My medicine is cheaper as is my healthcare overall. I find it comforting that everyone pays a little so that everyone - even tourists who get hurt during vacation, can get taken care of.’ - Ipsey

15. ‘My Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer, luckily it’s not too serious but she opted for chemo just to be safe. She didn’t pay a cent for ANYTHING. Also, she just had her last round of chemo today, and the cancer society had a function for her, as well as many others. They got given a shitload of free makeup and products simply to make them feel beautiful again. Not even accommodation for the five weeks she had to stay away from home. This is New Zealand.’ - jamtisk

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  1. 2 Responses to “ONE YEAR AGO, 15 ADULTS WERE ASKED: WHAT’S IT REALLY LIKE TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY WITH UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. SERIOUSLY.”

  2. American here. A friend of mine growing up was a good basketball player and now heads a “for profit” health care system and is paid over 2 MILLION per year. For the average American, expect to pay around 500 US PER MONTH FOR CRAP COVERAGE. Plus, the medical industry uses our court system as their debt collector.
    My wife is Canadian and never wanted to go back until recently.
    “Obama Care” was simply another bail out, this time for the “for profit” health care industry so my friend that was a good basketball player can still make his 2 MILLION PER YEAR.

    By nobsartist on Sep 6, 2015

  3. That the wealthiest nation on Earth has no universal healthcare can be explained in one word: greed.

    Despite statements that appear in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States, the reality is we’ve let our system place profit before people:

    From the Declaration of Independence:
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving
    their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

    U.S. hypocritical reality: I have a Right to Life, but if a medical condition threatens my life–my right–my government does not secure this right as the Declaration implies it would. I have to pay a private for-profit healthcare corporation to secure this “right”.

    From the Constitution of the United States:
    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    U.S. hypocritical reality: the first definition of “welfare” includes the “health” of an individual; the first definition of “promote” includes, “to help or encourage to exist”. Contrary to the Constitution, the U.S. government does not help or encourage to exist the health aspect of my welfare. They leave it to private for-profit healthcare corporations to promote the health aspect of my welfare–which they might choose do if I can afford to pay them to do so.

    Profits over people. Conservatives fight tooth and nail to secure the Right to Life of the unborn. But once’s she’s born, she’s on her own. At that point, her Right to LIfe is protected only by the size of her bank account.

    By kingpossum on Sep 6, 2015

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