National Health care, My Personal Story

Well… with 70% of America opposed to Obama Care ( Health Control ) They passed it anyway.
I was hoping I wouldn’t Have to post this, I’ve been writing it for a while….

Americans have no idea what national health care is like. Health care is health care right? Every doctor and nurse is going to do the best job they can. They don’t want people to suffer or die. Right?

Well if the Doctors and Nurses are the same, why is there a difference in the care that you receive. Is there a difference?

A survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.
Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
U.S. 65%
England 46%
Canada 42%

Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
U.S. 93%
England 15%
Canada 43%

Americans visit other country’s on vacation and hopefully never see an emergency room. The only way to know what health care is like in another country is to live there for awhile….SO.
A little Info about me.

I joined the United States Air Force in 1985. After Training I was stationed in England. I liked england a lot, I still do. I met a local girl, fell in love,and got married.
The Air Force is different from the Army, Marines,and Navy. In the Air Force, if you want to stay someplace for a while it was relatively easy. I was stationed at R.A.F. Woodbridge, England for 6 years before moving to Khobar Towers Saudi Arabia, and Myrtle Beach A.F.B South Carolina.
We have three children.

The first, my only daughter, was born under the British National Health System, because the hospital was in the town we lived in, and My A.F. Base didn’t have a hospital, just a clinic. The nearest USAF hospital was more than 50 miles away, and besides my wife is British so it wasn’t going to cost us any money.

My first son was born under the american medicade system, at a time when I was unfortunately  unemployed.

My second son was born under Chrysler / uaw ( “Cadillac” thanks Nancy Pelosi ) Health care insurance.

The difference between the three is interesting. Chrysler Health insurance is the gold standard. Hospital of our choice. Doctor of our choice. Multiple ultrasounds. any and all tests. Semi-private room. And because of an emergency c-section She spent 5 days in the hospital.

With the Medicade system. We had No choice of Doctor. No choice of Hospital. Medicare allowed only the minimum tests and ultra sound. The Doctor we had was the same that delivered our son but she was inexperienced. The nursing staff treated us the way a cashier at a grocery store treats someone with food stamps. OK, I was unemployed, But does anyone DESERVE to be treated that way?

The British NHS…
My daughter was born in a british hospital in 6 hours without a doctor….Midwives are cheaper.
My daughter was my first child, we were young and I didn’t know any better. Yes there was a doctor on the ward. yes he was busy. No, my wife didn’t Need him….But isn’t that just luck?

Ipswich england has a population of about 140,000 with only one hospital.
In a recent news article my mother in law sent me says that the Ipswich hospital was losing its cardiac unit because it was too expensive. The government believes that the travel time of about an hour to the next cost-effective hospital is “acceptable”

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:
U.S. 77%
England 40%
Canada 43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:
U.S. 71
England 14
Canada 18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low-income, who say they are in “excellent health”:
U.S. 12%
England 2%
Canada 6%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
U.S. 90%
England 15%
Canada 43%

In 1996 My Father in law was told that he would need a hip replacement, So he was put on a waiting list.
At 65 he had a lot of life left in him, and my children couldn’t wait to see Grandpa, whether we went to england or they came to see us. As time Passed they had to sell their home because he could no longer climb the stairs.
Finally, after waiting seven years, Grandpa got the operation.
He died three days later from blood poisoning.
The doctor admitted that it was his fault.
You can’t sue the government for malpractice.

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10 Responses to “National Health care, My Personal Story”

  1. Thank you for sharing your story. The sad reality is that you are not alone! Keep telling it and maybe they will listen and learn…

    gina
    http://www.drginaloudon.com

  2. Piemaker Says:

    Good post.

    I’m a U.S. trained physician who quit a little over a year ago. What a joy it was to take care of my patients when I did practice.

    Over the last year I’ve spent quite a lot of my time, in my little corner of the world, railing against this gavage (a forced tube feeding, in my lexicon) of tyranny. I personally saw to it that local people’s petitions against health care were delivered to our federal legislators, twice.

    Yesterday I spent most of the day seeing my elderly father in law through placement of a port for the infusion of chemotherapy, which begins today, and goes most of the next three days. The wonderful surgeon who placed the catheter spoke to me for quite a little bit about this “reform”, and she said, “The doctors in the hospital are all talking about this today. The tragic thing is that they feel this has been done TO them, and since they’re all focused on taking care of their patients, they have been passively subjected to this.” She, and the nurse caring for my father in law, have been “plugged in” to the network of protest, thanks to yours truly. I spoke to both of them about our local tea party protests and about the importance of the state sovereignty movement, which I feel will provide our rescue. It is my belief that God allowed me to be in that place, at that time, to convey that message to them.

    Don’t give up, patriots! Keep up the fight! Remember to pray!

  3. Ha! My wife did not mention reading this, we were both working late last night. Evidently we share a few of the same passions-go figure. Thank you for telling this compelling story. The statistics are chilling.

    There is one point you make that I want to better understand, that being your child born in England with a midwife attending. I understand your narrative, that “Midwives are cheaper”. However, did you know Missourians spent 40 years in a tremendous legal battle trying to enjoy access to them, because they are considered by many, including several women physicians I met, to be the most-skilled experts when it comes to actually delivering babies?

    You are a relatively rare family in that you have had American hospital births and a European midwife birth. I wonder which your wife would prefer. My guess is that she would have a midwife deliver the baby in an American hospital or perhaps at home.

    The argument for the midwife in an imperfect analogy, is that having a doctor deliver the baby is sort of like having the engineer who designed the car do the overhaul. He is really smart, knows all about the engine, but is less prepared for the actual overhaul compared to the certified technician who does overhauls all day everyday.

    So, I love your illustrating the problem, but I want to be sure those the dedicated midwives do not get caught in the crossfire unfairly. Here is more info:
    http://www.friendsofmomidwives.org/FoMMHome/tabid/36/Default.aspx

  4. Spike, great story. Like you, I was in the Air Force and lived overseas for a number of years. We lived in Italy when my first two children were born. Thank God there was a military hospital. You don’t want to have to go to the Italian hospitals. If you do, better make sure someone brings you sheets, towels, and food, because they won’t be provided.

    My wife’s best friend was stationed in Belgium. While there, her baby son had the end of his finger literally cut off. The E.R. would not see him. While standing there, finger bleeding, they made him an appointment for several days later. Finally my wife’s friend was able to convince them to at least change the dressing. Needless to say, this beautiful 18 month old boy now has 1/2 a finger. In the U.S., it would have been reattached. Not to mention properly cleaned to prevent raging infection.

  5. Newt Gingrich Says:

    This is a lie. If you were in the military you would have of course had health insurance. Of course socialized medicine is alive and well in the military. Since you had coverage Private patients can choose their specialists and avoid waiting lists. You are an asshole liar. And Howard Stern called Democrats communists in a fit of anger concerning censorship. He congratulated the President on health care reform.

  6. …When Uncle Sam purchases more health care, he will squeeze those who pay their way even more and they too will leave for government health care. The burgeoning vine will strangle the tree that sustains it. After a certain threshold has been crossed, purchasing of private insurance will be scant. Without private insurance to offset the Leviathan’s divine right to short pay, the health care industry will have to adapt. Procedures that lose the most money to the government’s short paying, will not be recommended. Rationing will hurt the group who utilizes health care the most – seniors.
    Rationing will also be ushered by government. Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Seblius, has advocated “end of life counseling.” She adamantly dismisses naming it a “death panel,” Although she might have good intentions, a bureaucrat in a cash-strapped bureaucracy might not. A canary in the coal mine warning comes from the story of Barbara Wagner and Randy Stroup of Oregon. Oregon already has a government saturated Health Care system. They were both initially denied life pro-longing cancer treatments because of the expense. A bureaucrat offered public funding for assisted suicide instead.
    If a private insurer denies treatment, the customers could sue for breach of contract. One could also alarm the press and lose the insurance company customers. But who would you rather fight, an insurance company, or the government who runs the court system and can’t lose customers because people can’t refuse to pay taxes? Socrates asked Plato, “Who will protect us against the protectors?”
    from http://www.recapturethezeitgeist.blogspot.com
    Your story is sad, but it isn’t shocking. Perhaps it’s time to back off “tort reform.” The political class will be more likely to give us tort reform when the gov’t can be sued as party responsible for mistakes.

  7. […] Americans are never going to know what health care is like in other countries. In my previous post Natonal Health Care, My Personal Story. I talked about how health care happened to me and my family. Since that post, I’ve had a […]

  8. I was raised in Canada, and have lived in the US for the last 10 years. I’ve watched loved ones suffer with the socialized medicine Canada offers:

    My maternal grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer based on X-rays. Confirmation biopsy surgery: in 7 months, at a hospital 2 hours away since the local hosiptal (30 min away) didn’t have the facilities to perform this. Results received 3 months later; chemo started 8 months after the results came back. Allergic reaction to chemo; 4 months to see the doctor to get the prescription changed (permanent nerve damage in the interim).

    My maternal grandfather: diagnosed with kidney failure. On the dialysis waiting list for 6 months; closest dialysis unit >150 miles away. 60 years old at time of diagnosis, denied even being put on the transplant waiting list because “we’d just be throwing a kidney away.”

    My sister: pregnant with 2nd child; abnormal weight gain in both mom and child, alarming dizzy spells multiple times per day. Can’t see an ob/gyn, that’s not until the 3rd trimester. See a GP who prescribes meds that “oops, can’t take when pregnant,” but the pharmacist doesn’t catch it for 2 weeks. Sister told to go to ER to see if fetus is damaged, GP assures sister “don’t worry, kid’ll be ok.” Can’t sue the doctors: socialized medicine.

    My mother: city puts in a new ethanol plant, mom develops breathing difficulties. Goes to GP, GP says it’s all in your head and refuses to provide a referral. One week later mom goes to ER, is put on oxygen. Finally gets referral to specialist, appointment in 4 months. Goes to ER 7 more times in the interim. Specialist says lungs work fine, nothing wrong (you can hear the wheezing). Asks for allergy test, told no: nothing’s bothered you in the last 50 years, so nothing should bother you now. Goes to an accupuncturist and nutritionist on her own dime to discover she’s allergic to wheat, eggs, and corn. Eliminate those from diet and limit time outside breathing ethanol by-products, mom has no respiratory problems now.

    This is a disasterous decision on behalf of the US, to switch to socialized medicine. What I’ve described are not isolated incidents, this is what we’re in for.

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