Originally Posted by Fluffernutter Pancake
QED, right? So everyone in your country gets treated for any disease humanity has the capacity to treat in a nice, timely manner?
- how big is your country
- how does the extent of treatment available stack up to those available in the US? How is the medical research in your country?
If you can convince me that such a system can maintain the highest quality care & highest level of medical research progress as we have now while treating a population size of the US or larger and enabling such a population (350+ million) access to any and all of the latest & greatest treatments in a timely manner, then I will be onboard with you
Did you read my earlier post on tthis thread?
I live in the Canary Islands, which is part of Spain. I got cancer in my left eye. Surgery couldn't be done inside the Canary Islands since there are only three hospitals in the entire country that were specialised on my specific type of cancer, and they are in the mainland.
I got all the required tests here in the island, for free of course, in a timely manner. Then the government paid for me and my mother a flight to Madrid and the AVE to Valladolid, where the hospital is, ALL EXPENSES INCLUDED (Food, stay, etc) , to get the final checks there, talk to the doctors, and set a date, then back to Tenerife. Then before the set date, the same thing, free flight for me and my mother, with free stay, free food, free everything. Well, actually, you pay the food and stay expenses yourself, then show the receipts when you come back, and they reimburse it. The only thing they directly pay upfront are the flights., But the point is they pay for it. We ended up spending exactly zero €. We were almost a month in Valladolid. Everything was free
And you know what? I need to get checks in Valladolid periodically. These are free too. Fllights + expenses paid. The only difference is they don't pay for a partner's flight or expenses anymore, only me.
For anyone curious, the treatment was called "brachytherapy" and my cancer was located in the "choroid". I'm not familiar with the English terms for these words, I literally put them on Google translator. In Spanish it would be "melanoma de coroides" for the condition and "braquiterapia epiescleral" for the treatment
This whole thing is available to any other citizen who may get in the same situation.
Now imagine, I dunno, some poor guy in Guam getting the same type of cancer and to make it worse no hospital in Guam can treat it. His situation would be completely fucked up.
Originally Posted by Vanillalite
It's not though. You aren't getting unlimited healthcare in your country. Nobody is.
Part of this is all semantics in this thread.
See this post. I don't really see how my healthcare is limited.