Becka (miss_rynn) wrote,

Bordering on political.

I've heard a lot of USicans talking about their health care system recently, largely due to President Obama daring to suggest that the current system needs to change. From what I've seen in the US news, there seem to be two schools of thought on the matter. One, that the system needs to change and two, the proposed changes will lead to a socialist society.

This is a comment I made on someone's lj, and I thought I'd share it with you to put this idea of socialism in perspective:

I'm going to talk about the socialist healthcare system in communist Australia for a moment, comrade. I don't have private health insurance. Last year, I had a variety of appointments with a variety of specialists - each one costing me about $90.00 Australian. Of that, I usually got about $60.00 back from Medicare. I ended up having to have surgery on my heart. As this was non-life-threatening surgery, I was put on a waiting list that was predicted to be about 3-6 months long. It ended up being about 3 months.

I was in hospital for about 24 hours. During that time, I was in a cardiology ward. I was prepped for surgery by two nurses, during surgery I was cared for by three nurses and two (!!!) surgeons, after surgery I was cared for by two other nurses.

This entire procedure cost me $30.00 Australian. That's about $20.00 US. For heart surgery.

If this is socialism, I don't see the problem with it.
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