Originally Posted by Bikerdude
I believe the U.S. will eventually institute 'rationing' of health care. It will be wrapped in a nice pretty package called 'health care for all'. Most all of us will receive the same level of care depending on how much the government has to spend and a bureaucrat says you qualify for. If you want faster, or better care, you will pay for it yourself.
Sounds just like Canada, England, France and Italy.
That's pretty much how it worked in Holland when I lived there in the 1980s. Every few blocks had a "house arts," which was a govt paid doctor you had to go to. It only cost a few dollars US to see him, no problem getting an appt, and he was good for 90% of the cases, sniffles, skin rashes, etc. If he couldn't treat it, he refered you to the next level up, the local govt run hospital where they had more extensive testing and treatment facilities, and it was also essentially free. Never experienced that level but from what I heard it was also pretty good. Friend of mine had back surgery there and did well. If you didn't want to use this system, you could opt to see a private physician for big bucks.
I have no idea how much this system cost the Dutch govt, or if it is still this way, but as a pretty healthy person, I had no problem with it. At least it removed the large burden of routine easy to treat cases from the local hospitals.