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Health Care Systems

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,858
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Spine-Health Announcements
Every once in a while, I read or hear about a post that makes a statement like: If you were in Country ABC, you would have much better care

I think its very important to document that there are differences in health care in different countries. There are good point and bad points with each system. I doubt if there is one health care system that has it all.

There are so many trade offs and differences.

- Here in USA, everyone is eligible for surgery, even a 99 year old person who needs a new heart. Why? to prolong life, even at that age.
- In many other countries, surgery is approved for those that need it. A 99 year old is never going to receive a new heart.

That is just one simple example. I do not intend to use this thread as a means to illustrate all the good and bad.
From my own personal view, I think the best system would come if we could take all the good from each system and roll into one.

I want to make one point:

- Please when you post, do not try to 'sell' your own countries Health care system as being the best.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • In this other forum that I belong to, there is always discussion on how bad/good, etc. the health care system is here in the US. Well, yes, I have to admit that we have some real bad issues here with health care, and that if you don't have insurance, most Doctor's won't give you the time of day, but hopefully things will change soon.

    I have some friends in Canada and the UK that sometimes have waited over a year to see a pain management specialist! I know that they have national health care systems, but at what cost?? At least here in the US if you have Medicaid, Medicare of private insurance, you are able to see a pain managment Doctor whenever you want. And even if you don't have insurance, most teaching hospitals run free clinics and they will give you all kinds of services, including surgery, in order to train the future Doctor's of America.

    Surgery is another of those things that people wait for in Europe and Canada. My GF in Canada needs both knees replace and is in excrutiating pain, and after waiting for over a year to see an Ortho and then a pain management Doctor, now she is going to have to wait over a year to get the 1st knee done. To me that is cruel and unusual punishment! She wishes that she had the money to jump the border and have it done in the US.

    I think that all health care systems have their pro's and their con's, but I rather not have wait for years to see a Doctor...... This is my humble opinion.

  • Interesting topic. I think here in the USA we have the best of care or the worst of care (or no care at all). If you are fortunate to have a good insurance and live in an area (preferably close to a reputable medical university) you have nothing to complain about. But many people without insurance fall through the cracks. Some are just too sick or too uninformed to find out what is available for them, or maybe when they find it, it is only mediocre.

    I agree, the best solution would be to take the best features of all health plans across the globe, and make it available to all. But who would pay for it, and how is a discussion for another time.

  • I think The movie "Sicko" was excellent in showing the health care system in the US. If you've got Insurance with your job you've got it made. But with the poor and part time workers there is a problem. I see how many people try to go on welfare just to get Medicaid because their part time jobs don't pay insurance or daycare is so expensive it's just easier for them to use the welfare system. I was on my own at 17 and lived on student welfare because it covered my healthcare and at the time we had to pay a small amount to healthcare like we still have to pay now according to our income in Canada. I haven't had to wait too long for a PM Dr. at a clinic only a few weeks. But for Specialists like Orthosurgeons and Neurosurgeons it's a 6 month wait and I've seen 3 of them. I'm waiting 6 months to get into a Pain Management Center at the hospital as I think I may benefit from RFA and they don't do those at clinics. I think Medicare should be available to part time workers now that would be good. I know a lady who searched high and low for a Dr. who would do fusion on her and she's 84 and now she's finally found one, she changed her mind. I wish I lived in the USA and with my insurance could see a Back Specialist faster than here. Ce la vie. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Don't believe everything that you see in the movies or on film. You only see things the way that the film producer wants you to see them and nothing more.

  • I'm guilty of this although I don't beleive that my Country's health care system is the best. I just wanted to make a point that I would do whatever I could to help a spiney friend if I could cuz I feel really bad for that person.

    Anyway, I'm really sorry if I overstepped my boundaries and you make a really great point. I think it would be great if we could take all the good points from each countries healthcare system and rool into one.

    How are you doing Paparon? I hope all is well with you.
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