As I watch the standoff in Washington DC over the legislation termed Obamacare, I remember my experience in England with nationalized medicine, and realized that most Americans have no idea what it entails.
I remember being in a doctor’s waiting room and taking the tag number 57, meaning I would be seen as the 57th patient for one doctor to get through in his morning surgery. This was the only doctor, and as my condition deteriorated I ended up in the local hospital, on a stretcher in the corridor, waiting hours for my turn to get into the operating room for emergency appendectomy surgery.
By this time the appendix had burst, and I suffered with peritonitis through three subsequent trips to the operating room, in the midst of which a thrombosis formed in my lung. Although the nurses and the doctors did the best they could, the healthcare was so clogged, ward cleanliness was the least of the worries with bedsheets not changed for weeks, and a draining surgery wound left open to drain in dust-filled air.
The memory of that dreadful six months of recuperating from a simple appendectomy stays with me. So much so, that I snapped up a copy of the book “Beating Obama care” by Betsy McCaughey, PhD. who is one of the few people who has actually read the 2,572 pages of text of the new health law.
I won’t be surprised if many of my good hearted doctors take early retirement, as happened in England. I feel sorry for the nurses of this country, who are already overworked and stretched to the limit. I have sympathy for the people of the UK who have had to suffer through the socialized medical system in the interim. In the end, they settled for a two-tiered system where paying customers go to the head of the waiting queue. Which is precisely where we started all this.
Sometimes idealism needs to be tempered with disciplined pragmatism. I urge people to become informed, read the book, and draw their own conclusions – even those who have been sheltered from economic realities by the umbrella of rich insurance companies. If the government can’t handle Medicare, what makes them think they can handle something much bigger?