Caveat: don't want this to turn into a flame war please! 🙂
I've seen (and contributed to) a few posts recently about the differences between the US and UK healthcare systems, and while I've heard most of the regular arguments, one that really got me thinking was the thread about the racist, non-emergency patient being ejected from a Wigan (UK) hospital without treatment. Someone commented on there that this wouldn't happen in their (US) hospital as the hospital would be worried about getting a bad rep, because at the end of the day it's a business. I hadn't even thought about this particular issue being an advantage of working in a public healthcare system; I'd just taken it for granted that I (female doctor) can refuse to treat someone on the basis of sexist abuse, and that my friends who suffer racist abuse can do similarly.
So.. are you happy with the type of healthcare system you work in? What, if anything, would you like to change? If you're unhappy with your own, whose system would you like your country to model its own healthcare system on?
Obviously interested to hear from those working somewhere other than the UK/US too!
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