Originally Posted by Unregistered
I am going to pay £200 to see the consultant privately and can do that in 2 weeks time. However I am told that if I do need treatment from the NHS (which I will as I cannot afford to pay for any necessary surgery) I cannot jump the queue. Just be glad you do not have to put up the UK health system!
Not so fast. If you don't have the money to pay for necessary surgery, you probably don't have enough money to pay for insurance to pay for the surgery as you would need if you didn't have the NHS to put up with. So maybe an 18 week wait is better than never. The major problem as I see it with the NHS is that the government is both the payer and the provider of medical services, and the doctors get paid just as much to treat as to not treat. Medicare in the U.S. for those 65 and over actually works quite well, only because the doctors are independent contractors so to speak, and are merely paid by the government on a fee for service basis for the most part, but not employed by them. Sure, the government calls the shots as to what is covered and how much is paid, but so do the private insurers, and THEY have a much more direct profit motive in not paying and not covering. Doctors in the U.S. have gotten use over the last 30 years or so to having the insurers, whether private or government setting the remuneration rates for doctors and what is and what is not covered. So whether the government does it or the private sector insurance does it, doctors work more and get paid less either way, unless their at least under 65 patient population is wealthy enough to paid directly without insurance.