Very funny that!
My information is entirely the opposite view is expressed by Americans to the one you write here.
The people I know in the USA point to the NHS with envy when they look at healthcare. And some of those views are recent ones.
In the USA, healthcare is expensive and beyond the means of many who have to rely on charitable sources for a very basic level.
Decent healthcare is mainly affordable to more wealthy people and those who can afford expensive monthly insurance premiums.
Many healthcare insurance schemes also have limits attached to them where once the limit is reached, you have to fork out a fortune for treatment which in many cases might be lifesaving.
For millions of Americans, illness means incurring crippling debt that can take many years to pay off if ever.
Healthcare includes the life preserving medicine that many people have to take on a daily basis. It’s not unknown for pharmaceutical companies to suddenly hike their prices increasing individual medicinal costs from several dollars a month to hundreds of dollars or even thousands of dollars a month.
Millions of Americans dream of a healthcare system like our NHS!
Half truths mixed in with nonsense, I’m afraid.
It is true that millions of Americans dream of a healthcare system like the NHS, yes. However, hundreds of millions of Americans wouldn’t have a healthcare system like the NHS under any circumstances.
Your statement of “decent healthcare mainly affordable to more wealthy people and those who can afford expensive monthly insurance premiums“ is nonsense. The percentage of the US populations that does not have health insurance is 8.5%. 91.5% do have health insurance.
Military veterans can use the VA health system. It is very much like the NHS, and damned-near universally derided. If you have health insurance and have VA eligibility, the VA is a last resort.
The healthcare regime in the US (in terms of the actual care) is absolutely outstanding, in my experience. FAR superior to the NHS.
I have two criticisms of the US regime - 1) better provision could be made for the 8.5%, even making the VA available to them would be a good start. 2) the billing is out of control. If I go to the doctor, it should cost me $20 for an office visit. But it costs $25, and I get a bill every fvcking time for $5 once the claim is processed. When I collapsed and went to the ER, I got about 7 bills, because the people who work in the hospitals are sometimes direct employees, and sometimes indirect contractors. This would be like an agency nurse working in an NHS facility, and the patient being billed a small amount. There’s no way for the hospital to collate all the claims, and present the patient with one bill. The overall bill was small, $300 or so, but considering they saved my life, cheap as chips. I had all manner of tests and imaging done. But then used a ream of paper to tidy up the billing. Not a big deal, but still annoying.
The NHS is ridiculously expensive for the service it provides. Or actually, fails to, in many cases. 9% of salary in NI payments, and this is in some way superior? Hahaha. Fcuk that for a game of soldiers, thank you very much.