American actor Rob Delaney has experienced both the private American health care system and the British government-run National Health Service (NHS) and says that there is no comparison. He describes the NHSas “the pinnacle of human achievement”. He says that it would be crazy to vote for Boris Johnson and the Conservatives because after they get Brexit they would break up and sell the NHS to the private sector as the price of getting a trade deal with the US to make up for the losses of no longer being part of the EU.
The American actor, who is a vocal supporter of Labour, compared the experiences of being treated by the US private healthcare system when he was in a car accident when he was 25 with the “extraordinary care” his son Henry received from the NHS when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour before he died.
In the video, he asks British voters to imagine him as a “ghost of Christmas future” and as someone who has experienced a private healthcare system in the US, but who has “also experienced the wonderful NHS here, which even in its underfunded state is still so vastly superior”.
He added: “You don’t want what I grew up with.”
I enjoy the British TV series Doc Martin about a brilliant but gruff and acerbic vascular surgeon with zero social skills and lousy bedside manner who develops a blood phobia and has to give up his London practice and move to a picturesque coastal village to be the sole general practitioner there.
What I marvel at is that his ‘surgery’ consists of just two rooms in the small house in which he lives, his own examining room and a waiting room with a receptionist. That’s it. This is because there is no vast billing and insurance system to deal with. The doctor sees patients, gives them prescriptions and/or orders tests, and that’s it.
It is just as it should be, unlike the nightmare that exists in the US where patients are expected to know the fine points of their health insurance plans and even then are often blindsided with huge bills.