Many Americans including myself are Anti Universal Health care, because we believe Government has no right to dictate to us what we ca and cant have for treatment. In UK you have Government deciding what course of treatment is better for patients based solely on (cost effectiveness), we dont have that in America. Secondly, waiting lists to be seen by experts in the UK is silly, for example, needing counselling for Depression you have to wait upto 3 months in most areas just to be seen. Same with Rheumatology and Pain Clinics. I know this from personal experience as an British American national. We dont have this problem in America.
However, I do support President Obama's plans NOT to have a US-NHS but to provide free health care for ALL who loose their jobs and/ or too poverty stricken to afford it. BTW, we already have subsidized medical help in America for the poor its called MEDICADE. Where Government pays pretty much entire costs for health care for you. Not to mention that in America, we dont pay before hand for our health care as you do in the UK. Anyone who says you have free health care in the UK is a LIER, I worked in the London NHS until 11weeks ago and I know that National Insurance Tax is there for a reason this is how Brits pay for medical help and you still have Government pulling thee strings and long waiting lists.
I believe the best system would be a cross match American/ British system, for example scrap the NHS and keep NI Tax, funnel this into private insurance schemes and get the Government out of the Health Care picture. Stop them telling us what is cost effective let Dr's decide, bring down waiting lists after referral and stop paying money (taxes) to the Government.
BTW the World Health System comment is a false one. I am long term sick I suffer a debilitating disease that 5 months ago was not apart of my life at all, yet I still oppose the UK form of the NHS only Cuba has made nationalized health care a success and they have better health care system than UK only beaten by America and its 3rd world. Secondly, I am also a forgeinger to you and I still oppose the NHS so you cant blame foreigners for NHS supporters, only dire emergencies can be free treatment for non British nationals. If you hold permanent residency that allows you access to social funds and if you are naturalized a British citizen then and only then can you use our NHS. As a former worker in the NHS, I turned down so many people wanting NHS treatment because they never had access to social funds even though they was legally admitted to the UK.
If someone gets thru this hurdle the PCT Primary Care Trust is then charged with rejecting NHS claims. I have seen so many legally allowed in Britain forced to pay private health care which usually costs roughly £180 per hour for a appointment with Dr's, £14 for a prescription to be wrote then a further charge for each prescription needed (depending on the cost of the individual medication/ drug). One visit will usually cost a person over £200 +
Experienced NHS and Home Office IND employee and a British American dual national.