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Old February 25th, 2015, 01:44 PM   #1
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'Socialized' or not, Britain's health care system is superior

'Socialized' or not, Britain's health care system is superior

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We’re even afraid of other Americans who aren’t afraid of it, like Dr. Donald Berwick. President Obama nominated Berwick to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a few years back, but Senate Republicans were so united in their opposition to Berwick that Obama had to wait until Congress was in recess to appoint him. Berwick struck fear in the hearts of the senators when a few years earlier he said a few positive things about Britain’s National Health Service.

The truth is that those most frightened by the National Health Service—then and now—are insurance industry executives. My former colleagues have been unceasing in their depiction of the NHS as “socialized medicine.” How could anything in the world possibly be worse than a single-payer system in which insurance companies would be unnecessary?

When I was an industry PR guy, I was part of a never-ending effort to defame the NHS, usually by citing a few anecdotes about Brits who claimed to endure long waits for needed care.

The industry’s propaganda got little resistance from the media or the American public. Few folks on this side of the Atlantic bothered to ask the Brits why they would put up with such an obviously inferior system and why they weren’t clamoring for American-style health care.

To make amends for the years I worked to mislead folks about the NHS, I’d like to recommend a couple of recent articles about Brits who have received care in both the U.S. and the U.K.

The headline of the January 12 story in The Guardian is about all you need to read, quite frankly. “Too many choices, high costs and bureaucracy: British expats grade American healthcare system ‘a pain in the arse.’ ”

The subhead was even more of an indictment of the way we do things here: “Moving to the U.S. for work has advantages for British citizens. The healthcare system is not one of them. It’s so bad that some expats fly home for treatment.”
For profit medicine does not heal. For profit religion is not a religion. For profit politics does not make a good economy. These have all been proven true in these last 40 years. We need socialized medicine.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 03:54 PM   #2
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For profit medicine does not heal. For profit religion is not a religion. For profit politics does not make a good economy. These have all been proven true in these last 40 years. We need socialized medicine.
Can you provide the medical science behind "for profit medicine" not being able to heal. And why don't you list the country that leads the world in medical innovation.
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I'm not afraid of it. if it works and I get a good doctor that I don't have to wait 6 months to see I'm willing to try something for free. I do have a few friends in the UK and they say it's not all that great. but what do they know, they have only lived there their whole life.
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I'm not afraid of it. if it works and I get a good doctor that I don't have to wait 6 months to see I'm willing to try something for free. I do have a few friends in the UK and they say it's not all that great. but what do they know, they have only lived there their whole life.
Hopefully, Longwinded lives there.
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Can you provide the medical science behind "for profit medicine" not being able to heal. And why don't you list the country that leads the world in medical innovation.
Europe produces as much innovation as the US, Japan almost as much, and if you go per capita, Japan leads everyone in medical innovation.
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Europe produces as much innovation as the US, Japan almost as much, and if you go per capita, Japan leads everyone in medical innovation.
It's not even close. The US publishes 40% of all biomedical a year and it had been increasing each year since 2002. The US is responsible for half of the world's new medicines in the past decade.
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It's not even close. The US publishes 40% of all biomedical a year and it had been increasing each year since 2002. The US is responsible for half of the world's new medicines in the past decade.

How dare us.


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It's not even close. The US publishes 40% of all biomedical a year and it had been increasing each year since 2002. The US is responsible for half of the world's new medicines in the past decade.
And a baby born in Cuba has a better chance of living than a baby born in the US.
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It's not even close. The US publishes 40% of all biomedical a year and it had been increasing each year since 2002. The US is responsible for half of the world's new medicines in the past decade.
And who publishes 60%?
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These Are The 36 Countries That Have Better Healthcare Systems Than The US
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