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Old 02-19-2006, 04:25 PM   #81
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He had a few months to wait, and had to travel to Liverpool for the nearest available MRI machine, which was amazing considering the size of Manchester.
Unbelievable. I know of a few doctors who want to set up a remote MRI facility in a nearby town of 45000 people because they think it would save people the two hour trip to the University hospital and consequently be profitable. Capitalism is good for something after all I guess.

In the US if you went to an ER and complained of dizzyness and other associated symptoms, they would most likely do an MRI/catscan. If they didn't and then later someone found a brain tumor, you are looking at a 7 figure settlement. Helps to keep them honest...

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Re: The good old USA and medical costs
Old 02-19-2006, 04:59 PM   #82
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In the US if you went to an ER and complained of dizzyness and other associated symptoms, they would most likely do an MRI/catscan.* If they didn't and then later someone found a brain tumor, you are looking at a 7 figure settlement.* Helps to keep them honest...
You can only bring a lawsuit in England if a doctor makes a mistake, not if the government doesn't provide sufficient high tech equipment.* As I mentioned, the brother-in-law in question is also a lawyer, and if fact he specializes in such cases.* In 2001 his mother (my MIL) fell and hurt her ankle while on a short vacation (MIL is a poor walker and uses a frame).* The doctor she saw diagnosed a badly sprained ankle and didn't order an X-Ray.* The Dr claimed she advised that MIL get an X-Ray when she returned home a couple of days later.* MIL claimed differently,* and in fact lived with the pain for a couple of weeks then came over to the USA for our daughter's wedding.* When she returned in 2 weeks time she saw her regular GP who had her go to the hospital for an X-Ray and it was found to be broken in 3 places.* She needed surgery to insert a plate and several screws.* BIL then sued the Dr, who had no record of advising an X-Ray.* They settled on a sum of $38K.
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Alan, good luck, it sounds like things are rather tough, but it is possible to buy private Insurance in the UK at a reasonable price.

In the Us it is quite likely that your Brother's coverage would have elapsed and that he would have to pay out of his own pocket.

I have friends who have had to take relatives in because the cost of the illness eclipsed the amount the Insurance would pay.

I have over 30 years experiance in International Health Care, at a Senior CEO level, the US has the best system if you are relativly healthy with good company coverage, but Canada's is the best for overall population coverage.

No system meets 100% of the populations needs 100% of the time, but on balance, a Private/ Socialised System works the best.

Canadians and others can buy supplementary insurance that will allow them to travel to the US if they do not want to wait, but no life saving treatment is ever delayed.

My Brother went from Heart Attack to Angioplasty to Bypass within a week.
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Michael 95,

Thank you for your reply. From these posts and other things I have seen and read, I think a pretty good place to be if you can't afford health insurance is Canada.
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