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I have got so many USA friends mostly liberal and a few trump fanatics but what really interested me that they did not really understand the true meaning of the NHS in the UK. And it seems somehow everyone from the USA has been given a very warped take on the NHS with some extreme examples and it really seems you are all being lied to.
NHS (National Heath Service) is totally free, everything if you are poor or rich. No exceptions!
You dont get second class care, you get the same care as everyone. The doctors and nurses are equally as well trained and skilled as any USA medical staff.
There are not massive wait times for doctors or operations. In the past there is the odd story of someone having to wait but these cases are so few that they are just given as examples of the norm to USA citizens when they are very rare.
Medication is £8 if you work, if you dont its free. Even that is just a piece of paper you sign to say you can afford or not. No questions asked.
So let me give you some examples of my history of the NHS. I would say im about average.
When I was 22 I had a major Ice hockey accident, bone came out of leg, had 3 operations to fix it all, my surgeon was the top in his field for these types of injuries he was even knighted a Sir. I look back on that part of my life and I had exceptional care given to me. All free.
Various medications through the years, cost £8 for a course of antibiotics etc….
Daughter had a baby recently, cost he nothing and she got second to none care. Not a penny paid.
My twin sisters when they were born had to have major heart operations. Intensive care for months as they were like 4lb heavy born. My mom (single parent and not a penny to her name) had to pay nothing. They had a team of nurses and surgeons taking care of them for months 24/7. Even had my mom staying with my sisters for months in a room near theirs and all her meals etc… free. All free.
Had a major leg infection a while back. Called doctor at 8am and he was visiting my home by 11am and by midday I was in hospital with antibiotics being fed into me.
I have a fear of hospitals and when I call my local doctor up he knows I cant visit surgery and he will come and visit that day, no questions asked, nothing extra to pay.
I hope you are seeing the pattern here. Its free for everyone and it gets paid by the Gov and with taxes we pay to them but its a fraction of your fees. The NHS is amazing and I will be forever grateful that I live in a country with that.
Until I heard from some of my USA mates that the worry and expense they have had I feel pity for them and I feel lucky to have been born in a country that treats healthcare as a basic right for everyone.