|I was reading the "required defense spending" thread and I read some of the figures for the UK's health Care spending and I have to tell you it seams a bit excessive. At $180 Billion for a population of 60 million, that comes to around $3,000 per person. Or around the same exact price as private health insurance cost for an Individual.
This really caught my attention because as a small business owner who has always believed in nothing but the best health care coverage for my employees(I even splurge for full dental) I was recently shopping around for a new plan. I noticed there are great deals with good coverage to be had if you only look and bargain a little.
With this in mind I was thinking might not UK's interest be better served if it switched to a private health care system and just paid the private insurance premiums for all but the rich?
I think you could save at least 30% Since a family can be grouped together for around $8,000 instead of $3k per person. Even a family of 3 would save $1,000 and a family of 5 $7k.
Now I really don't know exactly how your system works but I have heard of long wait times for basic care and even longer for dental. Maybe a move to privatization would move things to more of a US type system where I can basically see my doctor tomorrow if I really had to, or by the end of the week if it could wait.
So what do you guys think, now I may be ignorant and might have things all wrong so please excuse me if that is the case. I would be interested to know exactly how you Health Care system does work in any case. Do you have PCPs, if not who administers your primary care. If you wanted to see your doctor or a doctor, what would it involve to schedule an appointment. How is dental care handled. How are prescriptions handled?