- By: Thomas Hanna
I spent the summer in the United States working on a kids camp and I drew several comparisons between the American and British healthcare systems.
During camp orientation, all staff members were given detailed instructions on how to avoid being billed a zillion dollars should we need lifesaving surgery or maybe just for a Band-Aid.
We were told to carry our health insurance card at all times to ensure we received the correct service. Picture the scene: mass car accident; me lying on the road shredded to bits; paramedic arrives and is his main priority blood loss or neck support? No, the vital details in my wallet; can I afford the luxury of lifesaving treatment? Who knows what would happen if I wasnt prepared? No doubt Id be left lying on the road, a stray dog chewing on my mangled liver, as I wait for the garbage van to dispose