“I Left England Because of Socialized Medicine. My Life Depended on It.”
American expat, James Schmitz, was living in the U.K. In this article, he describes how the wait for treatment and medicine from the NHS caused him to leave school in London to return to the United States in a bid to save his own life.
Schmitz correctly observes:
In England and Canada, it is standard for patients to wait twice as long as in the U.S. to see a specialist, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association. In fact, nearly 1.8 million people are currently waiting for a hospital admission or outpatient treatment in the U.K.
I’ve experienced firsthand what it’s like to live in a country that can meet my health care needs, and to live in one that can’t. Given the choice, I’d pick the U.S. system every single time. My life depends on it.