The NHS played a massive part in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics a few days ago. Much to the disgust of many right wing Americans who 'couldn't believe' that the NHS was something that Britain could be in any way proud of.
Most of these people had deep criticisms about the NHS that were completely baseless since they had never experienced it themselves
Here's the article that raised this to my attention, along with some examples of the sorts of tweets that these people posted.
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Now, for all the bad reputation that the NHS has been (partly undeservedly) given, it is a service that I believe Britain should be proud of.
The Aurora shootings highlight the benefits of a national healthcare service.
One of the shooting victims, Caleb Medley suffered severe injuries and is now in a coma. He will wake up to find medical bills of $2 million + and a new baby to support thanks to the US healthcare system.
This just wouldn't happen in the UK, where this would have all been covered by the NHS.
Waiting times can be bad at times but at least there is treatment available to everyone, eliminating class discrimination.
The quality of US healthcare appears to be better from the publicity that we get but it's often a case of 'the more money you have, the better chance you have' and it's often these people with more money that have the loudest voices to praise it.
What are your opinions?
Have you made any assumptions based on what you've heard about the NHS?
Would you like to see a similar system wherever you live?