Proper Knob wrote:
When i hear stories like this, i thank my lucky stars for the NHS.
While I agree that it's good we have the NHS in the UK, I don't think it's anything like the best service the government can provide.
I'd say as a starting argument, that the NHS is 50% effective. If you get hit by a car, then it's all good. You get treated, operated on etc and it's all taken care of. If you have other less serious problems, then it lets you down very quickly. I should maybe say 'less life threatening' than 'serious', as some conditions are not 'life threatening' but are quite serious and debilitating to the person that is suffering.
The NHS is very good at keeping you on drugs for the rest of your life,and do nothing else, rather than address the problem through exercise or nutrition for example. They will say 'yes, you need a new hip, but your too young to be concidered, we will do it when you are 70'.
I am, of course, speaking from personal experience. Some of you will know my wife has quite a few health issues. I do have bones to grind, as I find myself diagnosing her problems and providing her with her physiotherapy advice myself. They treat her as an acute case and not cronically. I'm fed up of taking her to see physio's that tell her to stretch this and that, but seem oblivious to the fact she just walked in their office on crutches, or her hip is too painful to do the squats and exercises they want her to do. Oh! and don't forget the fact that as the physio gets up and walks around, their posture is like a banana and their feet point at 10 and 2 o'clock respectivley!
I could go on, but I think the problem is down to profit. The NHS has no real insentive to excel at what they do, they get paid just the same (and very poorly paid at that).
Now, if the NHS gave me the money they have spent on my wife so far, especially the drug money, i'm sure I could spend it more wisely.