British Healthcare! | NHS 💉| American vs British


Hi i’m Joel and I’m Lia and today we’re gonna be
talking about the British health care system, the NHS. So as you may or may not know England has one of the best health care systems in the world and it’s
something that we get asked a lot about because it’s quite interesting it’s not
the same as it is in other countries and just in case any of you don’t know NHS
stands for national health service so if we’re saying NHS it just means our
healthcare system in the UK in England in England they do have similar health
services in Wales Scotland and Ireland I think they do differ slightly so we’re
just gonna say this is what happens in England because we know that this does
happen in England yes the only one amazing thing that did happen
to me in Scotland was that I had tonsillitis so I went to the NHS
obviously I was seen very – I think within an hour I was seen and I was
given a prescription and I was given antibiotics containing penicillin which
usually would cost around seven eight pounds… for free so Scotland
had free prescriptions yeah so that’s just one little tip fact yeah well
that’s the first main thing about the NHS here is that any prescription one
prescription will cost you seven pound eighty-five I think it is so no matter
how much that medicine costs that medicine will cost probably hundreds of
pounds but it’s subsidised by the NHS so we just pay seven pound
eighty-five per prescription exactly and it does not cost at all to go and see a
doctor it’s completely free I say free we all
pay our tax here and part of our taxes go towards funding the NHS and still it
is a system that hasn’t got enough funding behind it although we’ve only
had positive experiences with the NHS there are some people in the UK in
England that have not had so many positive experiences and you’ll still
find people out there that are slating the NHS when the people inside the
people that are working so hard the doctors and nurses do an incredible job
they are the unsung heroes definitely there’s not enough people working for
the NHS so I know that there are things like courses that are subsidised
and so for example university will cost £9000
a year but if you want to train to become a nurse there’s no cost at all
because they want to encourage people to come and study and work for the NHS but
yeah even using hospitals is free so if you have a last minute emergency and you
need to call the emergency services and you need a big treatment going to the NHS
for that is completely free. I think my brother when he got seriously ill he
went to intensive care for like three months and then was in rehab for like
three months that ultimately would have cost our my family millions if we’re in
the U.S. like my parents would have had to sell the house
because it would cost something ridiculous like a hundred thousand
pounds per week or something to keep my brother… no way! On all the machines, to pay for all of the fees and
all the medication so it’s just so foreign to us to think of a healthcare
system where you would have to pay for it like you you’ve said I think about in
American films and things you see families that can’t afford to pay the
bills for health care but that’s just not a thing in the UK so it just seems
really really odd that that’s a thing to us obviously it’s not odd but it’s just
not something we can relate to and similarly I think another thing that
seems odd to me like when I’m watching an American film is the idea of say for
instance we’re in a scene and I’m like you lost your job you’re fired
with that you lose your health care in America there’s no health care, yeah because losing their job they lose their healthcare benefits
but in in the UK in England specifically you can’t just fire someone remove all
of their health care privileges you have to like give someone a reason give them
a certain amount of time, like a notice period and like I just think that that makes us
probably different as people because like we’re not so much on edge yeah
maybe we’re more on edge, maybe that’s a big statement like you know just the
idea of like absolutely nothing is certain ever you could go into work
today and you could lose your job and you could not have a job tomorrow I
think that’s the scary thing cuz my parents have a house in Florida in
the US and there’s been talk of being like “oh maybe we’ll move here one day”
but my parents, the main thing holding them back is the fact that if they did
move there they wouldn’t have any health care they would have to pay for their
own health care yeah they wouldn’t move out there and get a job and
health care included in a job because they’d be retired by then,
so yeah it’s just that’s the main thing I think that puts people off moving to
not just America but other countries that don’t have national health care
systems is the fact that health care can cost so much money yeah and we don’t
realise how lucky we are no I mean I don’t have any idea how much it would
have cost … don’t if anyone’s been following us this long but back when I
had my throat surgery in 2012 I had vocal nodules on
both sides of my vocal cords and I was on a wait list for about six months with
the NHS so I had my initial appointments and I said oh this is the problem they
put cameras down my throat they were like yeah you’ve got this problem we can do
an operation and fix that you can go private you can be seen immediately if
you pay £12,000 pounds something like that or you can be on our waitlist and
we’ll get round to you when we can it wasn’t a tragic problem it was not
life-threatening it was just something that was affecting
my vocal quality, my ability to sing and just my ability to talk without feeling
exhausted yeah I had sort of like vocal therapy a couple of times after the
operation and that was all included for no money all just money that we as
taxpayers all put into this big pot yeah and everybody is looked after. Yeah I
think that’s what some British people resent is having to pay extra taxes for
the NHS we don’t know we’re going to research and do a video on UK tax but I
do think that we pay slightly more tax than people do in America for example
but I would have thought it more than pays for itself
when you think that we don’t have to pay anything except £7.85 per item that
we get from the chemist yes and the way the prescriptions work is that every
time you need to get your prescription again, so for instance say you’re
given a prescription of special tablets for migraines sometimes I get migraines
so I have a prescription from the doctor and every time I go to collect 30
migraine tablets I pay £7.85 once they run out I get my prescription
renewed I go to the chemist and I say here’s my prescription I pay
£7.85 again yeah and that’s it and that is kind of capped it’s
been £7.85 for a while I think yeah it’s been around the £7 mark yeah
exactly but if you are under 16 or if you’re over 60 then your prescriptions
are free I think as well if you are unemployed then they’re free and there
are certain other things as well yeah if you’re in full-time education and you’re
sort of and 18 as well, there’s all sorts of things if you’re receiving Jobseeker’s
Allowance or if you’re receiving any benefits from the government because
you’re not able to support yourself completely on your own then you’re also
able to get free prescriptions yeah so there are… well I think the NHS is amazing
yeah it’s great it’s actually the biggest employer in the UK and it’s
apparently I think it’s the fifth largest in the world which is incredible it’s a massive
machine and I think it’s really great I just realise that I take it for granted
all the time yeah like right now I need to get – I do need to go to the doctors
for something and all it’s just a case of me getting on the phone and just
making sure I can get an appointment I’ll probably be seen within a week yeah
in London it’s harder you know sometimes you have to wait a bit longer for an
appointment but you’ll get seen yeah and if you really need to be seen
immediately you can go to A&E which is like accident and emergency and you can
just sit in line and get seen, or if it’s not quite an emergency you can go to a
walk-in clinic which there may be like an hour wait or something depending how
many people are there but you can just walk up and see a doctor that day yeah
even if it’s not quite an emergency another great thing that I will try and
link down below if I remember is an article from an American that’s moved to
the UK and I remember he was comparing the health care systems yeah and
was saying like the pros and cons of both of course there are cons to the NHS
but overwhelmingly he said he would choose a National Health Service over
the private healthcare just because of the the worry of being able to make
those payments and paying for health insurance it’s just not worth you know
the angst that it causes I can just about afford my phone bill let alone a health
care bill and and that’s the other thing isn’t it that people just say your
health is the most important thing yeah so how could you
live with the fear of potentially having like a £30,000 bill or more to keep
yourself alive, to keep a family member alive it’s just so stressful yeah and
not just that like obviously if you’ve got insurance you probably wouldn’t have
to pay that much but the fact of then having to pay insurance every single
month just in case something goes wrong the insurance companies are making a killing
yeah they definitely are that’s probably why they’re not going to change anything
in the U.S. is because these massive companies are making so much money from it yeah yeah but it
was established in the 40s so we’ve had it all our lives our
parents have had it all their lives yeah so um yeah it’s just something that you don’t
tend to think about every day yeah like right now my dad needs to have keyhole
surgery in his knee and there are two options he can stay on the wait
list that he’s on with the NHS and they offer you an appointment and if you
can’t make it then that sucks for you you’ve got to wait for the next one or
you can just pay to be seen privately and go and get seen you have the option
of both you always have the option and the NHS don’t have anything against
anyone working privately in fact a lot of
NHS doctors also work in private clinics just to double up their salary a bit
more because they don’t get paid a very good amount from the NHS it’s
not a great salary so they have to pick up these extra shifts privately also
that’s a nice fact as well that if you work for the NHS you get discounts
across the country loads of restaurants, shops, experiences give NHS employees
discounts yeah so lots of my friends when we’re going out for meals say
like oh do you do NHS discount? and some don’t but lots of them do
yeah and I think it’s a nice way to reward people who do work for the NHS
who don’t earn a huge amount of money by giving them discounts and just showing
your respect to them that do that yeah that’s really sweet but I hope that was informative
for you guys I’m sure we’ve missed out certain things and if you’d like to
see more on that then let us know and I’m sure we can do another video on it
we just thought it might be helpful for you guys because similar to when we
spoke about the education system in the UK a lot of you were like oh great yeah
I didn’t know that or you were actually able to add stuff because you’ve got
extra knowledge that we didn’t know we just thought that this video would also
be helpful for anyone who’s interested yeah definitely a bit of a fun fact I
love learning about other cultures and things like that. yeah let us know what the
health care systems are like where you are
we’d be interested to hear yeah and we will see you on the next video, see you soon, bye!

100 Replies to “British Healthcare! | NHS 💉| American vs British”

  1. I realize that I am a relatively liberal American, but this makes my heart hurt! My husband is a nurse in the Emergency Department, and he sees, on a daily basis, people who are on death’s door who “gave in” and came to the Emergency Department fearing for their lives, who had avoided it for weeks, months, maybe years. Some of them save their lives in that decision, but also ruin their lives, in a sense, because they’re saddled with hundreds of thousands, or sometimes millions of dollars of debt. Americans regularly find themselves literally calculating the value of their lives when deciding to seek health care. “If I live another ten years, I can pay off my treatment. If I only live another seven years, I’m leaving my family in debt.” That is no way to live. Even as someone with excellent health insurance, I’ve found myself putting off health complaints because I was worried about my deductible (which is the amount of money you must pay for health care before your health insurance steps in and begins to pay for 50-80%, depending on your plan.) It’s not terribly popular in the US, as it would significantly raise taxes, but I can’t help but think that Americans would be a more peaceful people if they lived less in fear for their lives and livelihoods.

  2. To give you an Idea of what it costs. I live in the US in a Northern State in a major city. I live in Detroit. The cost for myself my husband and my three children to have medical coverage that includes dental and vision would it cost me $ $600 a month. That doesn't include the fees there are occur when you visit a doctor. Those are called co-pays that could be anywhere between $20 for a regular visit and $50 for a specialist. Then there are co-pays on medicine and there are some medicines that are just not covered. My son has special needs and one of his medicines that are not covered is $300. Every month I look for a coupon online to get that price down.

  3. Did I understand your statement at 3:41, are medical benefits tied to employment? I was under the impression that health care was free to all UK citizens. In the US, if you lose your job, your benefits do stop but you can buy insurance Cobra medical insurance and pay for it through your unemployment benefits. Health care costs in the US is out of control, but I'm not sure the same type of medical insurance that the UK and Canada has would work here. It reminds me too much of what our Veteran's Hospitals offer our men and women. About 30,000 died while waiting months for treatment not too long ago and I've read the same is true for wait times in both the UK and Canada forcing people to pay out of pocket to be seen by 'private' doctors. Am I wrong about the UK?

  4. Well now you tell me: I could have gone to nursing school in the UK (I have dual citizenship) and paid nothing!! Instead, I went to Georgetown University in DC, and – since it was an accelerated program for people who already had a college degree, I finished my BSN degree in four semesters (18 months) for a mere $72,000 in tuition. That doesn't include the cost of books, lab fees, food, transportation, or housing. I know there are lots of less expensive ways to get a nursing education in the US, but you can see why our health care cost structure is so jacked up in America.

    On the plus side, I understand nurses in England make around $35,000/year. That's a LOT less than nurses (RN) can make in the US. Plus US nurses can get advanced training as a nurse practitioner (NP) who easily make > $100,000/year, or nurse anesthetist (NA) and make over $150,000/year in major cities.

  5. That's the problem with having a socialistic system like the NHS the pay for doctors and nurses is pretty low so nobody wants to become a doctor or nurse and as Leah just stated you guys are still lacking funding I could create the biggest and the best healthcare system in the world it's all about funding

  6. Wish we had this!!!!! Our son recently was doubled over in pain, we thought it was gallbladder or appendicitis. Emergency Room, lots of tests and nothing was found. The attack subsided a few hours later and happily hasn't returned. We had to pay over $4,000!!!! And we have health insurance for which my husband has hundreds of dollars withheld from his pay each month. That's it, we're moving to England 🇺🇸✈️🇬🇧

  7. When I travel to the states a lot of people ask in conversation about the free healthcare. And how amazing it is.
    I simply explain it’s not free we pay a tax for it
    I think Obama wanted to invent the same thing.
    My general census is that US are amazed by our healthcare and want it but don’t want to pay the extra tax for it.

  8. Too many people talk about the NHS like it is the end all be all of healthcare. Nobody talks about how hospital deaths in the UK are 45% higher than in the US. Nobody talks about the number of people that either die on waiting list or suffer for months sometimes years on waiting list. Everyone keeps saying that the UK has free healthcare. It is not free the UK charges more taxes so you are paying for it. People talk about how in the US you would have to sell everything to pay for a life changing health problem. Not so, if you have insurance it will be covered. And don't give me that I can't afford health insurance bullshit. The people that are poor get free healthcare. The other people that claim they can't afford it are the same people walking around with a $1000 iPhone, paying $150 a month for the service, paying $600 a month for a new car, while eating out everyday. It is called priorities and budgeting.

  9. Holy Shit….I just seen that if you make what we as Americans would consider a decent yearly wage in the UK you are taxed at 40%. WTF!!!…..How in the hell can Brits claim that they have free healthcare when they pay this high a tax rate?

  10. A point you failed to make was that if you're working you have to pay the prescription charge but if you're receiving benefits you don't have to pay.

  11. I love you, Joel and Lia, and this video was very informative! However, I feel that,for Americans, you have opened a can of worms! There are so many of us that oppose each other's views on our taxes and healthcare and government assistance, as well as past and present presidential decisions. It's almost as taboo as mentioning religion, unfortunately! 😆 Keep on making your wonderful videos, though. You two remind me of my oldest children, who live 2300 miles away from home, currently serving in our military, who I am VERY proud of!

  12. I have a friend, in the US. She's type one diabetic. She earns very little money and still has to shell out £600, just for insulin! O_o
    It's insane. The NHS is the biggest employer on the planet. Sod you Tories! 😛

  13. America has a very good health care. We pay for it but majority is covered. So it’s easier to get covered and if someone can’t afford it the government gives it and it’s almost 100% covered

  14. In the U.S., people are afraid to call an ambulance because they can't afford $5-10,000 for an ambulance.  And if they aren't "lucky" enough to actually be having a heart attack, then its a real waste of money.

  15. I have seen to many people suffer and / die at the hands of the NHS! I'm sorry, but clearly people still believe the NHS is the 'envy of the world' ?? There are far better systems in other country's – and yes they are free!! They don't have years and years waiting lists? They don't neglect the elderly? They don't close ranks to the extent the NHS does to cover up its mistakes?? They don't leave people to suffer in misery for years on end! They don't treat patients like objects and statistics,? However, the NHS DOES! These are a couple of middle class clowns who haven't a clue about how bad the NHS really is?? Most likely because it is run by people like them? It is shockingly misinformed and naive to tout and advocate the interests of a courrupt, failed institution. That institution is the NHS!! It- is – rotten!! We should be getting rid of it for the substandard, morally impoverished crap that it is!?? I do not advocate private healthcare either! But anybody with the slightest integrity would not consider the NHS any thing close to being – 'one of the best' in the world'?? What a couple of brainwashed subscribers! These kind of fabricated one dimensional cretins are oblivious to a significant degree??

    How easy the shallow public forgets reality !??

  16. As a nurse who worked in an endoscopy center, we would get a lot of patients above the age of 50 saying they came to the USA for health care because they won’t do surgery past that age I guess.

  17. I think its great you guys have the nhs… but i just watched the video about living in london, and you mentioned how expensive it is and how a lot of people live in flatts or attached houses and things. Is it this expensive because everyone has to put in the pool for healthcare? Because lower income families in the US can get free healthcare. I was on it for a while and had a great doctor that i could see right away. Now that my husband has a job we have a different insurance. But ive been on it before and the doctors on it are great as well. I think i would just rather have more land and a bigger house for my family and pay $100 a month for health insurance rather than have to pay higher taxes for less property. Thats why im so worried about the NHS coming to the US because we already pay a lot in taxes, and with that system our taxes will only go up. Not only for me, but also for the low income families that are literally paying nothing right now for healthcare.

  18. America has to pay for healthcare even if your disabled and on disability Social security disability it's 35 dollars to see a specialist that's the copay 75 dollars for emergency room yeah you have to pay for healthcare here because it's a capitalist country

  19. I wish there was a way to dialogue directly to Joel and Lia. I would love to tell them how much my healthcare is costing me. Not to mention how differently the hospitals treat you, if you don't have insurance. I was in the hospital after I stopped breathing, and for some reason, the hospital staff was under the impression that I had insurance. They admitted me. Ran all kinds of tests to find out all this stuff that was wrong and had more tests they were going to do. Then they found out that we didn't have insurance. All tests were cancelled and they couldn't send me home fast enough. They gave me some meds and advised me to schedule an appointment with my family doctor, who would schedule tests and refer me to specialists for my heart and breathing issues and anything else I needed.

  20. In America health care is really expensive. I'd say a good majority of people I know get their health care through the primary earner of the household through their employer. So you buy your insurance through your employer & they take money out of each paycheck then you only have to pay what's called the co-pay to see your doctor. For example when I go see my doctor I pay $10 then whatever your prescription co-pay is. Maybe $5-$20. But I've been watching your videos I just stumbled across one, very interesting good job! 👏

  21. & they do have to "write you up" to get you fired or you get unemployment benefits where they pay you a percentage of your salary for so many months after you get fired from your job, & they do have to give you a reason. Haha

  22. This is so factually inaccurate it makes me cringe. I'm American, and our healthcare actually is much better than the NHS and let me explain why.

    Yes, we do pay to see a doctor by 9/10 people that have health insurance through their employer or 'Medicaid' (Insurance for the disabled or unemployed)/ 'Medicare' (Insurance for the elderly disabled, or retired) work on a copay system. We pay $X.xx to see a primary care, specialist, etc. While the insurance picks up 90-95% of the rest.
    It is EXTREMELY rare that you receive a hospital bill and you are expected to pay an exorbitant amount. But Healthcare isn't required here anymore and if you hold nothing than obviously you are responsible for all costs.
    I pay 1-2% of the total cost of a prescription. The most i've ever paid of a medication was 25$. My father who has diabetes, liver cancer, lung and heart issues, and migraine headaches, pays maybe 100-150$ a month for his over 100,000$ worth of medications.

    We see doctor's on our own time, when we want, if it's an Emergency you go to the Urgent care walk in clinics, or the ER. At the Urgent Care clinics you are seen in the order you came in, at the ER you are seen based on need. Which makes sense. If I come in bleeding everywhere and need stitches, and you're sitting there with a headache, my bleeding out comes first. Just makes sense. We do NOT have to wait to get surgeries, or see specialists for more than maybe a week or two tops. If you are that badly in need of surgery, they will take you to the ER and directly to surgery that moment. There are also specialists in all hospitals in all specialties to see you right then and there.

    I will never understand how the NHS is seen as better. You are taxed more for the same care with longer wait times. You may not have to pay right then, but you pay enough in your taxes that what you get is never free. You just don't have to pay at that current moment.

  23. The NHS is a god send I would hate to pay for a doctor visit or a afucking ambulance , it would get so costly plus any costs you might acrew in the us is just free (tax paid ) here . Which makes medicine and specialists here more invaluable

  24. NHS is not great all, in fact, I have to fly back to Italy to be seen PROPERLY. Our health care system is the best in the world, this fact has been highlighted by numerous papers across the world… NHS is just OK but they don't deal with problems and issues in depth, not to mention the standardised CBTs they carry on with each and every patient with no regards to their individual situations… for free does not mean GOOD, or EXCELLENT as u are suggesting!

  25. Has there been any problem with the quality of the physician…for instance…did they make you feel like they received their degree from Walmart?!

  26. God forbid in the USA one should come down with cancer or other life threatening disease…..in the USA you can buy cancer insurance but every policy has a cap. If you need long term care….do you have long term care insurance?? If not, and you are not independently wealthy you would have to sell your home or move in with relatives that dont really want you!! I have meds I must take daily but do not as I have to stretch them out to last longer. Pre existing conditions….to much to talk about!!!

  27. Health care in the USA will never be government run because of the greedy doctors won’t make the money they make that’s the bottom line the government will put a limit on the income of the doctor

  28. Well here's the thing about the U.S. There's a lot of tax funded programs that we have (welfare, WIC, etc) We have government workers, military, government officials (Congress, president, etc) that also get paid through tax. Everything is uneven when it comes to the paychecks people receive and so many people take advantage of WIC and other tax funded things. Like we're in the military. We're by no means wealthy, but we have what we need to get by. Many people I know are on WIC. No I will not assume I know everyone's situation, but I feel if you're not in dire need of assistance, you shouldn't get it. And I know military families that get WIC simply because they qualify, not because they need it. My husband was pressured to get WIC when we had babies, but I don't need five gallons of milk every month. We didnt need all that food cause we could pay for it ourselves, so I refused. It puts a strain on the system because many people get those things because they can, not because they need. Or they do it because they know they can be taken care of for free.

    So instead of our tax dollars going to universal healthcare, its going to other things we have to pay for. Which is a lot with us being such a large country compared to England. We have so many things to fund and so many people now a days not able to afford a basic living, a rise in tax could be to the detriment of many families. What we need is to revamp all our government financials and reallocate where our money goes. The specifics would make this comment into a long essay, if it isn't already. Simply put, it's way more complex than just raise the tax and implement universal healthcare.

  29. Obamacare, even though it sounds great to liberals and socialists, just made healthcare unaffordable for those who are able to afford insurance, because now some people's insurance premiums went up to $1500/month, which is insane! At my job last year I had medical insurance connected to it, and I was covered for free, but if I wanted to add my husband to my policy, it would be $700/month! That's more than half my monthly income!
    I think the problem with the extreme overpricing is that there is no free market – the medical-pharmaceutical industrial complex is subsidized by the Federal government, which artificially inflates prices, which are handed down to the consumer (remember "$10,000 toilet seats" talked about in the 80's? This is what government bulk pricing gets you.)The solution is to allow the free market to take over – remove all government subsidy, and allow the companies to fail who cannot support themselves without it, and allow the companies who can offer better services for a lower price to compete and thrive. Capitalism works if it is allowed to!

  30. i love the nhs, but surely if they were to move to america your parents would buy health insurance? that would be the equivilant of the NI which they wouldn't have to pay? maybe I'm wrong, but I thought the problem was that some poor americans don't want to be forced to pay an additional tax for something they percieve they don't need. and some rich americans don't want to pay an additional tax for something they are already covered for. your parents realise the importance of healthcare, so they would pay for coverage? I admit it will probably be more expensive – but not a reason not to move?

  31. Watching this 10 months after this video was posted and some things have changed…
    Bursaries have now been removed from anyone wanting to work in the health care system so £9000 a year fee which is why there's been a drop in students applying. The university I trained at (I'm a nurse) the intake for the course was 250 per cohort. The last cohort only had 45 people apply as people just cannot afford to do the training anymore.
    Also prescription costs has gone up to £8.80

  32. The NHS is one of the most iconic institutions from the 21st century. The whole idea of free healthcare is such a luxury and priviledge that is completely unprecidented since the beginning of man kind. Anyone knocking it flippantly probably has no idea how lucky they are. Unfortunately with anything State run it is wide open to abuse of the system. The wastage is massive. Loads of treatments and prescriptions are unnecessary and shouldn't really be subsidized by other peoples tax bills. But for necessary treatments for those in need and for sheer piece of mind for the entire population it is a Godsend. Part of the reason why Immiigration into the country is so high. That and the fact that Britain is a welfare state. At the moment if you are in trouble or handicapped you will still live a pretty good life in the UK. The balance has probably even gone too far in that direction with people on benefits even affording holidays etc.

  33. Great video. I work for NHS up here in Newcastle. I feel proud of our system but as an insider the funding is not good enough for the amount of work we do!

  34. I thank God every day that I wasn't born in America. America is going to be utterly destroyed in judgement. Best to get the Hell out.

  35. I was in the hospital for about 10 days, and I would have been charged $37,000.(if that helps) there is health care for indigent people in the U.S ( but I believe it is no where as good as the NHS) if a person is terminated from a job in the US and has insurance through a job, they can pay through what is called “cobra” and one can keep their insurance, but it is not particularly inexpensive.

  36. I’m curious about the cost of taxes in England. Wondering if the taxes are substantially higher to over ride the cost of healthcare costs. Of course if you don’t work at all, your healthcare costs are free in US.
    My grandson is Diabetic and my daughter, who works, has to pay outrageously. Even when his parents have health insurance. Healthcare in the US is a very bad situation. Love your videos!

  37. The NHS is not free, it is paid for through taxes. We pay taxes hence we pay. Yes it's free if your unemployed, but if you work, you pay.

  38. Shocks me how backward the health care is in America! Sell your house ! We take our NHS for granted, all us Brits should be made to listen to this, we’re pretty well looked after!

  39. I have heard stories of people getting injuries and then flying all the way to the uk to get patched up cause it is cheaper to fly to the uk than it is to get the treatment in America it is ridiculous lol

  40. The US health care industry is 1/6 of our economy. That's over 3 trillion dollars a year, more than the GDP of any European country. The investment is massive. In some places there seems to be an MRI and Cat scanner on every corner and they have to be kept busy. Except for organ transplant donors there are no waiting lists. Emergencies are handled in hospitals immediately, in fact serious emergencies are handled in the ambulances that are well equipped. Because the US is the world's most litigious society doctors practice what is called defensive medicine which means if they make a mistake they and a hospital can be sued for damages. They have to pay for malpractice insurance. Our medical system isn't broken, what is broken is the method to pay for it. The standards are very tough, the technology is enormous, and the hospitals are kept spotlessly clean. Poor people including illegal aliens don't die for lack of access to health care. Canadians sometimes come to the US for medical care even though it's no cost to them in Canada. Do they still have waiting lists for hip replacement in the UK? I recall it used to be 6 months to a year. In the US its zero. If you are diagnosed with a broken hip you are admitted to the hospital immediately, surgery is usually within a day ar two and you are discharged to a nursing.home usually for 3 months of therapy followed by in home therapy by visiting therapists until it is judged further therapy would be of no benefit. There are no delays for treatment of cancer. In fact there are no delays I'm aware of for anything.

  41. The US Healthcare system is multi-layered complicated. In the fall of 2017 I got very ill, my family had pretty decent health insurance through my husband's job and could see whatever Dr I wanted without referrals. That is the main reason I got properly diagnosed with two months of getting ill. I did, however see SIX Dr's within 5 weeks after being treated horrible ( I left 2 Dr's crying in pain when they wouldn't believe my pain level). Don't get me wrong, I was eventually diagnosed with a disease that is extremely difficult to diagnose and therefore highly misunderstood by Dr's. Anyway, in Jan 2018 I had major surgery. Through this ordeal I met via fb other women in the UK going through the same thing and they were still on the wait list, in pain, still having to work in pain in the time it took me to find the Dr who performed my surgery and I had surgery. They needed the same surgery I had but couldn't see a NHS Dr due to the waitlist. I've met women who nearly died from this disease because they couldn't see a Dr and the Dr's didn't believe their pain either. On a side note women worldwide are often ignored when it comes to their pain level leading to a higher mortality rate.
    So I had surgery recovered and I had to pay $150 of a $25000 hospital bill. I know I was lucky to not have paid more.
    Then in September 2018 my husband lost his job and therefore our health insurance. Whenever a person is fired, laid off, whatever the reason is for losing their job the company is required to offer COBRA (it stands for something that I don't know). COBRA is when you pay the insurance premium which will vary on how many people the insurance is covering. For us it's 4 people. So our COBRA bill was something close to $1000 which we couldn't afford. However, we live in NY State which has expanded Medicare. It some legwork but we were eventually approved, however we were uninsured for 2 1/2 months. In that 2 1/2 months I got sick and I severely sprained my ankle. We had to pay cash for me to see a Dr when I got sick plus cash for prescriptions and my monthly prescriptions ( 1 of which I have to take every day or I will get very sick and unable to work), this cost of several hundred dollars. We now have expanded Medicare and within three weeks of it starting I was able to see a Dr for my still sprained ankle. We do have to get referrals to see specialists but my primary care physician is pretty good about referring me to any Dr I pick, especially after a Dr he referred me in 2017 is one of the Dr's I left crying after my pain wasn't taken seriously. Oh by the way Medicare is funded with tax dollars but you have to pick a private insurance within 30 days of being approved. We also have to pay extra for dental and vision care which is about $35 per month. But we have no copay at Dr, dentist, or eye Dr appointments. The prescriptions will cost either $1, $2, or $3 depending on the prescription. Plus I can send the receipts for our Healthcare costs when we didn't have to insurance to the state department of health and be reimbursed. There is huge push to get Medicare for all in the U.S and I have mixed feels about it. It's complicated and I didn't mean for this comment to be this long so I'll end here.

  42. What about those stories where sick British kids are prevented by the government from being treated in the US? Haven't several died because of that?  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/03/terminally-boy-denied-potentially-life-saving-treatment-nhs/

  43. I enjoyed your video however at 2:15 you say that nurses train for free, no they now have to pay £9000 a year like any other student.

  44. Nurses make boatloads of money in the US I wonder if we had a nationalized system if there pay would be cutt

  45. My state has free healthcare massachussetts has it, so I don't have to pay extra federal taxes and I get it boom

  46. Why would you become a doctor in the UK with the pay being so much less than the US? Our system has it's downfalls in the US but we also are the country that comes up with all the innovation at our universities and we have the best doctors here because they make a shitload so I guess both sides have there ups and downs.

  47. I live in mtuis, health care is free and prescription too for public hospital but sometime the quality of care given is not the best so many chose private clinics if they have the money to afford it

  48. Your health care system is good to a point! Talk to a stage 4 Colon cancer patient in your country. Ask them how many treatments options they have at their disposal. Thats where you will find the breakdown in your healthcare. Sadly, in the U.K. You will be told Chemo to try and extend your life for a year or so is your only option! In the U.S. you will have many more options such as Ablations, HAI pumps. Cyber knife and many, many, other drugs to name a few. Unfortunately I happen to have stage 4 colon cancer and am in many Facebook support groups for the disease. Every person from the U.K. that joins one of these groups is terrified that they don’t have the options we have here to try and treat them with a curative intent rather than a palliative one! Our health care system is far from perfect no doubt! It does have some benefits though being based around money and innovation would be the first benefit that comes to mind. Also not allowing a government to have a say in what treatment or procedure you can have would be another. Our health care plan is expensive and the health insurance is not cheap but our doctors are also generally regarded as some of the best in the world as well. There really is no perfect solution to health care but for me the last thing I ever want to see is a government in full control of health care.

  49. Many people in the U.S. aren't opposed to some kind of health care system but we run into a few problems. 1. Remember we are a country the size of all of Europe so one size does not fit all. 2. We are inherently independent minded and are opposed to high taxes (why else did we fight for independence, lol) 3. We don't like Government involvement (see #2). 4. Many things like this get handled at the state level, as is the basic structure of the government, Frederal Government has a specific role that governs the country and states govern the unique needs of their citizens (each state is so different in it geography/culture) this relates to #1. IMHO the insurance industry is the bigger problem but they are so powerful that making changes to the industry would be a miracle. We view medical care as a commodity where you have customers (patients) and sellers (doctors/hospitals) where patients have the right to shop around for what they want to pay for. The problem with this set up, while it is supposed to make providers competitive and hopefully improve services, the patient is not really in the best frame of mind to shop around because of health reasons, they look to the medical community to tell them what to do which takes control out of the patient's hands. I think we are inching our way forward, it just might take another 200 years.

  50. Nhs 👎🏻 They are very unprofessional and rude. They google all the time because they didn’t study enough to know how to work . Not good at all 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

  51. In the U.S. we can get insurance. I have major surgery and it became infected. I was off for 11 months, but because I saved up my sick leave and had insurance I never missed a paycheck and my part of the hospital bill was a lot, but I filed bankruptcy and voided it.

  52. I live in the USA where insurance companies pay large bribes to the politicians to ensure maximum profitability for those companies while leaving millions without healthcare. They scare our citizens with lies about costs and service.

  53. How does NHS work for tourists visiting England?..I owe well over 30,000.00 in medical bills right now. I have no other bills (house, utilities, phone not included)So other than regular monthly bills, the medical bills are all I have. The 30,000.00 is what I owe after insurance has paid. Sounds like I need to move to England.. lol..

  54. I just learned SO much. I live in America. Thank you for taking the time to make these videos! They really are so interesting to me!

  55. But prescriptions can cost 8quid when the medicine cheaper say 3quid…..works both ways but to be fair alot of doctors ask if u pay n if u do…they tell u to buy it cheaper….all prescription free to anyone not working…or on low wages….all kids are free…..unless u want better care n want private….plus we do pay all workers pay a percent of their wage…same as Americans pay insurance….

  56. But prescriptions can cost 8quid when the medicine cheaper say 3quid…..works both ways but to be fair alot of doctors ask if u pay n if u do…they tell u to buy it cheaper….all prescription free to anyone not working…or on low wages….all kids are free…..unless u want better care n want private….plus we do pay all workers pay a percent of their wages…national Insurance…..but that also covers u for losing a job because company goes bust…national insurance covers your redundancy if the company can't…etc….

  57. How does health spending in the U.S. compare to other countries?: https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/chart-collection/health-spending-u-s-compare-countries/#item-start Note that we in the UK spend 7.7 % of GDP on public healthcare and 2% on private, in the US you are spending 8.5% on public and 8.8% on private.

  58. The difference is that the Celts get free prescriptions where as the English have to pay so we're basically paying for theirs too. As for private health insurance, all that does is jump you to the front of the que/line and you go to a nice posh private hospital with a private room rather than being stuck in a ward with a load of other patients. Usually it will be the same doctor or surgeon in both hospitals.

  59. Why would a good doctor want to work for the NHS if their us no money in it? I believe cheap health care is not good and good healthcare ain't cheap.

  60. A lot of people I'm America are actually really wanting a system similar to the NHS but the government is a bunch of old people that think it is fine just the way it is and there is kind of the same problem with going metric because the thing is for the past years students have been having to learn both systems by law and that is why there have been a lot of problems with NASA and we are actually attempting to have a new Democratic Socialist party of the government but people keep saying how bad Dem. Soc. is but then we say to them, "look at Europe it is time for us to catch up with the world we aren't the center of the world. "

  61. By making health care "free" to consumers, the NHS ignores a basic tenet of economics: the lower the price for something, the greater the demand. By eliminating prices entirely, the only way to control costs is by rationing care — either by imposing interminable delays or denying treatments outright — and by underpaying providers.

  62. It takes weeks to get needed treatment. Americans can get in next day. If Im sick/hurt, I would rather be in America.

  63. I feel so sorry for anyone who has to go through the American healthcare system. It's all about profit, not care. I'm so glad that here in Scotland we have the National Health Service. Yes, waiting times are a little bit longer but you can opt to pay for private healthcare through private hospitals if you want. But, I'd still like the peace of mind that if I had a heard attack, stroke or a car crash I can rest easy and not have to worry about whether my medical insurance covers it, or whether I need to re-mortgage my house to cover a £150,000 hospital bill. Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege.

  64. Wouldn't say "best in the world" but yeah, you don't pay for it. My problem is I have a couple of none life-threatening issues which cause me trouble most days and I just can't get my GP to take it seriously.

  65. As an American my employer provided insurance costs $90 (US) per month and has a $4000 deductible with a 30% copay. So if I get sick and I need surgery or other treatments totalling $100K I would end up paying over $30K for that bill. If you get a serious illness, the bill can easily add up to $100K. This is how people can be bankrupted even with insurance.

  66. Kind of an oversimplification of things, but very informatiive. Privatized healthcare has worked in the USA for decades. Rising costs in pharmaceuticals are a big culprit in rising costs among other things. There are parts of the NHS that I am sure are wonderful. There are parts that are not wonderful, hence there IS a market for private health insurance in countries like England, Sweden, Germany, etc.

    One massive difference between the USA and England that severely complicates the ability to implement a national health care system is population. England has roughly 56 Million people. USA has roughly 329 Million legal residents, and about 11 million illegal residents. The more bodies you must care for, the more it costs.

    There's also a misconception the USA doesn't have a form of socialized healthcare. This is incorrect, it's called Medicaid and is available to poor and unemployed people, free of charge. Free healthcare is also available via Medicare to people over 65 and the permanently disabled.

    The passage of the Affordable Care Act has largely been a disaster. All it has done is increase the costs to everyone, has tripled the paperwork, and has actually encouraged doctors and nurses to get out of the profession. For the extreme ends of the population, the wealthy on one end, the poor, disabled and elderly on the other, not much changed. The people that took it in the butt are the working middle class and small business owners.

    Also a bit of advice…don't take the bulk of your anecdotal evidence on the American healthcare system from TV and movies…it's often overstated for dramatic purposes (Breaking Bad as an example).

    There are all kinds of stories about people in this country going through tremendous hardship due to medical problems. There are also all kinds of stories about people receiving excellent treatment that anywhere else in the world would not be an option. A former co-worker of mine was on a work visa in the USA. He had been having severe headaches and flew home to England to see a doctor. He was quickly diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, and was basically told by the NHS doctors in London "all we can do is prescribe palliative care." Basically, we can numb you up with meds so you can die as painlessly as possible. He returned to the USA to pack up his belongings, and while he was here, our boss encouraged him to get a second opinion through our health plan. Two months later, he was receiving a treatment at Stanford Medical Center (one of the best in the world) with a cutting edge form of radiation, invented at Stanford. It cost him about $4000 out of his pocket, and the rest was covered by the health plan. He's still alive 10 years later. And that technology is now available in England.

  67. the only time a PERSON WHO IS NOT A BRITISH CITIZEN should able to use NHS is when its an Emergency nothing else

    if foreigners go in as Emergency they should never get countless free follow up appointments and medication for free on nhs and tax payer like they always do and anything after an emergency and they should have to pay for that period meds follow ups specialists etc because its non Emergency now
    and on those non emergency appointments they should clearly have to prove they are UK citizens eligible for free NHS treatment if not they pay no Acception or get no treatment that is how it should be

    it sounds harsh but there are UK citizens eligible for free NHS and not getting it and dying on waiting lists and the reasons is the NHS cant afford it or there are to many people waiting well remove those non Emergency health tourists and the British citizens might just have a chance

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