Despite annual spending per head of less than HALF that spent in the US, the public healthcare system of Britain delivers results the likes of which the patchwork private system of the US can only dream. This is hard proof that the profit motive is detrimental to public health.
by Kerry Anne
Addicting Info, February 1, 2015
American Jim Edwards has spent half his life living in the US and half living in the UK. As a dual citizen, he has experienced both health care systems first hand and has some startling news for Americans – socialized medicine works, and it works better than privatized medicine in almost every conceivable way.
In a piece for Business Insider, Edwards compares the healthcare systems across several areas:
Accident and Emergency waiting times
Making non-emergency appointments
Quality of GP care
Overall quality of care
The headline number is that 84% of patients are seen within four hours. In the UK, this is regarded as a huge failure — the standard the NHS is supposed to meet is 95% of patients in four hours.
In the US, having sat in many an ER waiting room for hours at a stretch, the idea of a hospital seeing nearly 9 out of 10 patients in four hours would be regarded as a miracle.” writes Edwards.
Edwards finds that the standards of care in UK A&E would have most Americans green-eyed with envy. In fact, the waiting times that Brits complain about, would seem like a miracle in most US hospitals.
As NHS doctors triage patients in the A&E, you would be seen immediately if you were hit by a bus, but if you had a superficial wound or break then you would be placed at the back of the queue. No one bleeds out on a gurney in an NHS Accident and Emergency unit.