Originally Posted by s/v Moondancer
Medical care is very sporadic outside the US and as a senior doctor I can tell you that the widely held belief that foreign care is better than US medical care is categorically wrong.
Truth be told medical care is very sporadic inside the US as well. I developed a DVT a while back. When I went to the doctor she spent maybe two minutes looking at my swollen leg and my non swollen leg, called in an LPN and said do the paperwork and get him to the emergency room now. (Of course I have first rate access to medical care). Went to the emergency room, showed them a big envelope with the paperwork and was sent to the head
of the line and saw a doctor who consulted with a vascular surgeon. Bottom line is I had a good outcome. But as I left the hospital around 10:00PM (they did lots of tests and had to wait for meds to be dispensed) and drove out of the parking lot there were three people basically camping on the sidewalk in 30 degree weather
waiting to get sick enough to be readmitted to the hospital (they did not have first rate access to medical care).
There is a misconception that if you have insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid things are OK. Problem is that many doctors don't accept Medicaid, a few more but not all don't accept Medicare, and insurance acceptance can also be a problem. Cuba
is often used as an example of a health care
system superior to the US; and they do have lots of good stats. This is because there is a lot of basic health care
available to most all; in fact sometimes it is mandated. Try and say you don't want to be vaccinated and you will have a rather short conversation with the secret police about spending time in jail, or worse. On the other hand I know a guy who got bit by a big barracuda , went to the doctor, and they sewed up the wound with stainless steel
. True it healed but there was a small loss of mobility and a huge scar. In the US modern staples leave almost no scar and mobility would not have been limited. I know which outcome I would like if it was me.
As a rule
if you have access to health care in the US it is top notch, but if not you may be better off outside the US where health care is cheaper and more widespread; but not up to US standards.