Letters to the Editor

National health care programs work well elsewhere

In response to Ronald D. Todd on health care (July 20 letter, “We don’t need the Affordable Care Act”), whose comments remind me of the ridiculous statements by one Dennis Kalos in 2008 who claimed that “Millions die in Britain waiting for an operation which could save their lives.”

It really amazes me that they believe all these blatant lies they are taught to believe. We are talking about highly advanced, civilized countries. I suggest they live there for a while and learn the truth. Our youngest son was born in Canada. At birth he had a severe gastric disorder and spent his first three months in hospital. He received first class treatment and now is a healthy young man. That cost us nothing.

I lived under the National Health Service in England for over 20 years. It is an excellent system. I had a serious road accident there and sustained head injuries and all three bones in my right leg were shattered. The femur had pierced the flesh and was sticking up in the air. It was thought I would lose the leg but the skill of the surgeons saved it. Even so, I spent six months in hospital. The cost to me? Not one penny.

I still have family and many friends over there and all are happy with the system. Yes, there are waiting lists of up to 18 weeks but only for non-essentials like joint replacement. No, people are not taxed heavily for this. They pay National Insurance. I contacted a friend recently who works in government there and asked what the NI costs currently. You pay 7 percent of your pay. There are no extras such as co-payments for treatment other than a nominal charge for prescriptions of about $10 each. Neither do you need supplementary insurance.

Please accept the truth and not what the big money lies want you to believe.

The writer lives in Conway.