by Brian Johnstone, HCAO 3 Villages
Also published on The Daily Kos
I offered my support to Health Care for All-Oregon after hearing a talk show on KBOO, and I admit to being a little confused. Most advocates are still trying to imagine what a Universal Health Care system would mean to so many people, as Oregonians first of course, because it looks like the US is going to have to do it state-by-state, so far behind is the national consciousness lagging.
Perhaps I could help by relating what it is like from a British point of view, having been born into the NHS (National Health Service, instigated in 1948). I'll mostly use the Scottish model as my reference point, bein' as how it's my home country, but I've had care in England and the Irish Republic, mostly for rugby injuries. They pretty much work the same way, at least from a patient's point of view.