Admin Emeritus & Elite Member
- Jan 26, 2000
Actually the problems with the British system are very significant. The fundamental problem is that the bureaucracy would increase. Imagine a health care system as responsive as the IRS. Imagine what one here would look like, cobbled together by politicians who are ignorant of what is needed, who respond not with knowledgeable action but political infighting. There's the theoretical system, and the one we would get. Medicine by regulation is a frightening thing, and already there's people who are fed up with the amount of regulations we have to comply with that are paperwork exercises with no benefit, and leaving health care. I've seen everyday common sense tasks become hoops to jump through. Practices are having to cut care to comply and there has never been something which has actually lessened that burden.I'm sure that the British (and Canadian and French, etc.) system is not perfect and that there is still greed and corruption (as you have with any government or private corporation). However, I have yet to hear of the majority of Brits or even millions of Brits saying that they would prefer the American system. I suspect that the problems the British have with their system pales in comparison to the magnitude of the problems with the American system.