Thursday, 3 December 2009

The care of your health in the US and other countries...

I have been blessed with relatively good health in my life journey through five countries and various forms of government...and health care.
In preparation for a visit with my neurologist I had been asked to get an MRI and a neck Xray. My experience of getting these two diagnostic tests today compel me to write, no, shout to the people of the USA: appreciate, dearly,and fight for retaining the highest quality of health care in the world today!Stop any effort to radically change the present aspects of US health care.

I am on Medicare and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, premiums of both I pay every month.
My experience today:
I have been able to ask for the day I wanted the tests, whether morning or afternoon appointments, almost to the hour that I wished. On arriving, within 10 minutes the paperwork was completed and within 40 minutes my MRI was done, of which 20 minutes were passed in the actual chamber itself.Remember, less than an hour!
Then, I was sent to the next office for the neck Xray, but the total procedure was 19minutes from the moment I have walked in the office. With the films of these tests in my hand, right after they were taken, now I will see the specialist I have requested at the time of my appointment, secured for almost to the day and time convenient for me!

I have met cheery, kind and professional workers in both places, who made me welcome and feeling cared for. Total time spent for both of these sophisticated test was less than an hour and a half.

You may not be surprised about all this, but my state of reference for similar procedures embraces living in a communist country, in so called social democracies and a neighbouring capitalist country with "universal care or single payer" system.

None of those countries can compete with the present day
health care in the United States.Yes, the tests would have been completed perhaps in all those other countries,in some with run down equipment,in others with long fights for getting timely appointments, with crowded waiting rooms, overworked and unfriendly staff, long waits for the results to be communicated to the preordained specialist

Yes, there are aspects of health care that need improvement, in any country, but present day health care for the vast majority of people of the United States is superior to any in the world. That is my experience after having lived in one of the worse systems as well as in some of the more reasonable ones.
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