A bouquet to the NHS

Old Nov 21st 2015, 8:44 pm
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Great to hear all these good reports from actual folks using the NHS, my sister and good friends in our home town all have have had great experiences this last few years with the NHS. We are so looking forward to getting back and registered.
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Old Nov 21st 2015, 10:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Victor Meldrew View Post
Been back since July 2015.

Signed up with local GP 3 days after return and given health check and blood tests with Nurse 3 days later. PSA levels high so meeting with doctor within 3 days (which I wouldn't have been aware of if not for the blood test). Referred for Biopsy - done within week. Results 4 days later (no problems thank God).

2 weeks ago - realised I have had Tinnitus for a long time. Doc checked and gave ear drops and referral to Tinnitus clinic at QE hospital within week. Left ear deafness. Went for clinic appointment with TWO specialists who chatted with me for 5 minutes and sent for ear clean and hearing test. Deafness resolved. Tinnitus lowered/quieter. Given option of further help with Tinnitus but opted to leave it a month to see if it becomes less prominent.

So far? great level of service - quick, comprehensive and efficient.
Well Victor, I hope the grumpiness will also get better soon. Hashtag NHSrocks.
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Old Nov 22nd 2015, 3:20 pm
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Since I got back to the UK fifteen months ago, my experiences of the NHS have also been positive.

But reading this thread, I think someone should point out that the NHS is in fact facing a cash crisis. It is running the largest deficit in its history and The Kings Fund (an objective source) warns that some hospitals may run out of money to pay staff within the next twelve months.

In addition, there is an even bigger crisis in funding for social care, which is likely to result in up to 50% of care homes closing down. This will have a knock on effect on the NHS, since they will have nowhere to discharge elderly patients.
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Old Nov 22nd 2015, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by fulwood View Post
State of US healthcare. I am in process of enrolling in Obamacare. I paid $70 this year with tax credits. I am now earning more money (not great amount) and my rates are shooting up past $200 per month. With student loan debt this will cripple me.
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So sorry to hear this fulwood. I have had this happen twice now - my insurance company will say they no longer write my policy and will "suggest" a more expensive plan. Can you shop other plans?

My health care is our biggest monthly cost, as OH is on Medicare and we have no mortgage. I work a second job just so I can pay that bill. Regardless, with Obamacare, I am still paying half what I used to, and can shop plans without worrying about my preexisting conditions. So I do appreciate it.

I think if people in the UK understood just how terrifying it is to live in a country with privatized healthcare, they would cherish and protect what they have more than they are now.
€200 per month is typical of what continental Europeans at the low-mid end of the income ladder would pay for health insurance (excepting those demonstrably skint). And that says something positive about the NHS. Despite being "free", the actual cost of NHS coverage is about £100 per month per inhabitant, which is actually quite a good value when compared to most of the world.

Unfortunately, the NHS is unsustainable at current levels. And as it is [perceptibly] "free", naturally it is subject to widespread abuse. Have a sniffle? Can't get a gp appointment today? Go to A&E. It has been estimated that as much as a quarter of NHS expenditures can be linked to unneccessary consumption of services, because it's "free". Why not?

However convenient it might be, it is also unsustainable, so I suspect the NHS will eventually be forced to operate more like most other public health systems, and charge some token amount for services, if for no other reason, than simply to make it less attractive to abuse. Naturally, not without suffering widespread protest over the possibility of having to pay a couple quid for a GP visit, a visit to A&E for a non-emergency, or a prescription.
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Old Nov 22nd 2015, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by amideislas View Post

Unfortunately, the NHS is unsustainable at current levels. And as it is [perceptibly] "free", naturally it is subject to widespread abuse. Have a sniffle? Can't get a gp appointment today? Go to A&E. It has been estimated that as much as a quarter of NHS expenditures can be linked to unneccessary consumption of services, because it's "free". Why not?
Estimated by who? Do you have a link?
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Old Nov 22nd 2015, 6:15 pm
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HOW MUCH DO WE USE THE NHS? Centre for policy studies

Fifth of NHS A&E visits are unnecessary and cost the taxpayer
Figures show 19.1% of visits (3.6 million) to A&E are for minor issues that could be dealt with elsewhere

Unnecessary A&E visits cost hospitals millions each year
One out of every four people who goes to A&E in the North West does not need to be there

‘Unnecessary’ trips to A&E in Cambridgeshire cost NHS millions - new figures reveal
A quarter of patients who attended accident and emergency departments in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough during 2014/15 could have cared for themselves or used alternative services, according to new figures.

More than 30,000 emergency ambulance calls are unnecessary – Deputy Minister
More than 30,000 999 calls for an emergency ambulance in Wales during the last year have been for minor illness like toothache, sore throats, coughs and colds, Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething today said.

To save the NHS, why not charge those who abuse it?

There are plenty more examples of NHS "abuse of convenience", but I thought this might be enough for starters.

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Old Nov 22nd 2015, 7:56 pm
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We got back at the end of Sept. Our experience has also been positive. I have two under two and was advised I had to have a physical to register the babies, unfortunately their were no appointments for the physical for 3 weeks but I appreciated that the practice manager called to reassure me that if the babies became ill in that time they'd be seen immediately, apparently the practice have a same day policy for sick children . Once we were properly registered we were set up with a health visitor who visited us at home to go over the boys records. She's now getting their immunisation records aligned with the Nhs immunisation plan and is calling me this week to make appointments for the shots both boys are due. I love it that the Nhs staff have taken ownership and set it upon themselves to help get us organised. From experience in the US I had to do a lot of running round.
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Old Nov 22nd 2015, 11:04 pm
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Originally Posted by amideislas View Post
HOW MUCH DO WE USE THE NHS? Centre for policy studies

Fifth of NHS A&E visits are unnecessary and cost the taxpayer
Figures show 19.1% of visits (3.6 million) to A&E are for minor issues that could be dealt with elsewhere

Unnecessary A&E visits cost hospitals millions each year
One out of every four people who goes to A&E in the North West does not need to be there

‘Unnecessary’ trips to A&E in Cambridgeshire cost NHS millions - new figures reveal
A quarter of patients who attended accident and emergency departments in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough during 2014/15 could have cared for themselves or used alternative services, according to new figures.

More than 30,000 emergency ambulance calls are unnecessary – Deputy Minister
More than 30,000 999 calls for an emergency ambulance in Wales during the last year have been for minor illness like toothache, sore throats, coughs and colds, Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething today said.

To save the NHS, why not charge those who abuse it?

There are plenty more examples of NHS "abuse of convenience", but I thought this might be enough for starters.
Please note that all of those "statistics" refer to A&E services, not to the NHS as a whole, whereas none of the positive endorsements on this thread refer to A&E.
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Old Nov 23rd 2015, 6:48 am
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Well, I'd hope comments would be positive.

I don't believe there's anywhere else on the planet where you can call an ambulance to get treatment for a sore throat, and not have to pay something for it. Saves a trip to boots to buy lozenges that cost 3 or 4 quid. Penny saved is a penny earned!
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Old Nov 23rd 2015, 8:15 am
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"Unsustainable at current levels" Why do you say that ? I would sooner that my taxes go on NHS than many other follies of Westminster.
What money is spent on is a political decision - as is all the propaganda about "Austerity".
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