the only people who get free healthcare over here, are people with no money and no house. we had no money and lots of medical bills,,,still have, but we had no help, you can apply for food and milk tokens, but only if you dont have a house for them to get the money back from you, if you have a bank account with any money then they come after you. theres hospitals here with valet parking, but that doesnt make them any better, how much do you think that they are paying these guys to park the car. peanuts, would be a good answer, as they rely on the person whose car they park to tip them.
every er has to see and treat everyone who comes over their doors, but as soon as you do, theres a clerk getting you or your relative to sign and say that you are resposible for the bill if the insurance doesnt pay.
as for infection, uk nurses wouldnt believe how many iv antibiotics are given, vanco is given out like candy, because there are so many infections, including mrsa and vrsa. stuff that is occasional in the uk is routine over here.