Re: The good old USA and medical costs
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.