Quote from deermedicine
I am curious how other nurses feel about a proposed National Health Insurance that would cover all Americans? Do you feel it would help or hurt the health care system we currently have.
I am doing research for a school paper (finally getting a BSN after 31 years as an RN
Thank you for any replies.
Well, let me start by saying that I am not a nurse. However, I have a unique perspective on the subject, as I am an American who lived in England for almost a year. I can say that if we were to adopt a system similar to theirs, that it would be for the worst in most cases. While it would be good in emergency situations for those individuals who are without insurance, it would hurt most working adults. My husband is British, and he contributed over $400 a month to the National Healthcare System, and for that, you seem to get very poor treatment. He paid an additional premium into private insurance, so that if he injured his knee and needed surgery, he wouldn't have to wait years to get it. See, that's the problem with NHS in England. There are individuals there who are dying from curable
cancers due to the fact that they cannot provide treatment. Here's a terrible story to illustrate the point:
My father-in-law was told that he need a quadrupole (sp?) heart bypass, but that they couldn't get to him for SIX weeks! In the US he would have been admitted immediately. Further, when his six week timeslot came around, they had to reschedule because they didn't have any open beds in ICU. So he had an appointment for two weeks later. Well, same thing happened again. Let's keep in mind here that he could have literally died at any point from when he was originally told. So all in all it took him 3 1/2 months to have surgery on a life threatening condition. I mean, that is just unacceptable.
I used to be a big supporter of national healthcare, but then I learned the truth. I believe that those unemployed, students, and others deserve to receive adequate medical treatment in times of need, but not at the expense of everyone else in the country. My husband paid so much into the "pool" to cover those who just didn't want to work! So I just found it to be a completely frustrating and pointless system. So many problems with it. It defintely needs a revamping, but I'm just not sure that a governmental program like that could ever be managed correctly.
Anyway, that's just my .02!