Joy - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 35 moms have responded )
Ok so as most of the world knows, the United States is in a bind when it comes to the way our healthcare system works. We have issues and lots of them. My question here, is directed at those of you who live in countries where there is an established public healthcare system (socialized, government run, whatever you want to call it). My dear republican pastor friend posted a link this morning on his FB page, an article outlining some of the issues that countries who have government run healthcare systems face. Things like : long waits to see doctors. Unnecessary patient visits, people overusing the system, high taxes, etc. So I figured I would ask my "international" friends what your experiences are. Are these things true? Do you have to wait ungodly lengths of time to see a doctor? Are your taxes outrageously high? Do you or anyone you know go running to the doctor every time you have a sniffle or a bruise? I'm not looking for a debate from my American friends as to whether or not we should start a government run healthcare system here, I just want to know if it's really as bad as those who oppose it here say it is.