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GUEST,Boab BS: Bush Constituent Lashes Out (105* d) RE: BS: Bush Constituent Lashes Out 23 Jan 06

Some comment prompted by remarks about Health care comparisons [above.] Thirty five years ago I collapsed at the wheel of my car--November fifth 1969. I was in a U.K hospital for six months. Personal cost?--My national insurance contribution from my earnings as paid by every worker. In intervening years since then, prescripion charges [maximum] $8 Ca. Rising to present day charge of $12 Ca. I travel to the UK a couple of times a year, and have had occasion to require drugs on prescription. Example---two drugs were required;pharmacist--" That will be twelve pounds Sir. Or are you a pensioner?" Me; "Yes---but I am a resident of Canada." Pharmacist;"No matter---your prescriptions are free!" On my most recent visit [this past month] I had occasion to request a med. appointment, where I was told ' If the Doctor sees fit to prescribe medicine for your condition, consultation and prescribed treatment will be free. If you request treatment or prescription not advised by the Doctor, charges will apply'. I was prescribed a course of antibiotics; no charges were made . This situation would, I was assured, hold good for ANY overseas visitor.   Canada, where I have lived now for fifteen years, has excellent health facilities, and Canadians should beware of any predatory interests which advocate "private health care' as a "wise" alternative. My medical bills here in Canada soar 'way above what I would pay in "socialised" UK medicine, but a trend toward the US variety would be a horrid deterioration.

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