These numbers and greed is why this country doesn't do that. On the flip side, I've seen the tech hospitals and clinics have here and it's not bad.How is insulin for you guys ? I heard you get charged a fortune for it - though I guess it depends what cover you get off your insurance. I hope I don't have to go straight to insulin but my levels were pretty damn high so i'm half expecting them to suggest I do so.
NHS is a blessing and a curse. It's absolutely amazing that you can turn up to the doctors every week, get all sorts of hospital treatment, and there is nothing to sign, no paperwork to fill in, no bills to pay. Just tell the receptionist your name and who you're booked in with and that's all the admin you have to do. The downside is it's chronically underfunded, every doctors office and hospital has a different IT system that really isn't that well integrated with each other. There should be an app to just view your NHS profile but there isn't, except at like two hospitals that are trialling it. It gets about $180bn a year in funding but it needs a great deal more to be up there with the best.
At the end of the day you will get the treatment you need but there is going to be more waiting around than there is in countries with private healthcare systems. A lot of people like me that work for decent companies have private healthcare as well now if you want a faster process and it only costs me £8 a month as a taxable benefit on my paycheck, so I will probably go down that route for long term management of diabetes - but they will only support you once you have an initial referal from the NHS.
Just read this statistic: The cost of diabetes to the NHS is over £1.5m an hour or 10% of the NHS budget for England and Wales. This equates to over £25,000 being spent on diabetes every minute.
Yikes. Ohwell I pay tax and now I get my money's worth.