Can someone explain this to the non American amongst you. I am under the impression that it is regarding free healthcare?
As someone who grew up in Ireland, studied and worked there and now in Australia I am used to a universal healthcare system. Or as we call it the public healthcare system.
Here and in Ireland each resident is entitled to free healthcare, however there are waiting lists that in some cases are insane my dads spinal surgery for instance. He has been waiting 3 years. However for cancer treatment in Australia I see people come in with abdo pain,CT'd and scoped on that admission and returns in 6 weeks for a bowel resection.
I was in the US last Nov for a few weeks and trying to explain it to family was tough.
There is an end point though. There is no such thing as long term vented pts with no hope of recovery. That gets a one way extubation.
Yes I deal with complaints but care is based on pt need, not want.