I've read a few posts involving 'contracts' with doctors in the USA.
Please forgive my ignorance, but I just don't understand how they work. I think I'm so glad we (in the UK) don't have these to deal with. They sound really restrictive, confusing and legally? binding, with not much room for 'flexibility' or 'freedom' from what I've gathered so far. Is this true?
I know alot of people moan about the National Health Service (NHS) in England, but, when it works, it's brilliant and you cannot fault it. You can choose to see whichever doctor you wish, have second/third opinions, choose where to be treated etc. etc, though the downside is usually that you need to know in advance when you're going to be ill (sounds silly I know) as it can often take a few days before you get an appointment. Also, if for example, you're on holiday and become ill, you can usually visit another doctor in that area to be examined and be prescribed necessary medication without being penalised for it. From what I've read on the forum, this sometimes doesn't seem to be the case in the USA. I presume you can visit any USA Accident & Emergency Department in the country, like we can, but how does this affect your 'contract'?
It doesn't sound like patients in the USA have that much freedom and that sometimes you can only be treated by a doctor if you have a contract with them. And what happens to you if you don't have a contract, will no doctor treat you? It all sounds very confusing and could be a little bit worrying (in certain situations I'd think). I hope this practice NEVER comes to the UK!
If you're willing to tell me, I'd be interested to find out how your contract system works so I can understand it better (in very simple terms please!). Do you think it's a good/bad system - has it helped/hindered you?
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