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Scare tactics make thoughtful discussion of universal health care tough
ON A RECENT
I found the population reeling not from illness and inadequacies of the NHS, but from the bold distortions that are being bandied about in the U.S.
The most widely
"Untrue" a spokesperson for the British Department of Health told The Guardian, a British newspaper. "There is
There are many falsehoods and distortions being circulated about the British system, The Guardian reported. And
Personally, I have had patients tell me you can't get dialysis in England if you are over 65, and that all the people from countries with nationalized health care are coming to the U.S. for treatment.
And television ads--such as those by Conservatives for Patient Rights--are scaring people by showing horror stories about people who didn't get proper care from the NHS.
But "for every story you hear of someone being denied treatment in Britain,
Meacher is seeing, perhaps slightly more intensely, what all we doctors see--the struggle with the
I have seen plenty of patients here in the Fredericksburg area fighting to get treatment or tests authorized. I've seen old folks, especially, who can't afford their medicines. And I've seen patients who can't get the tests and treatments they need because they can't afford the insurance--or because they have some pre-existing condition that means insurance companies won't cover them.