I know everybody thinks healthcare in the United States is awful, but my husband and I and, indeed, most of the people I know have had very good outcomes most of the time.
I'm sorry if my previous text was too long and not put in paragraphs. I was given some very helpful advice about using paragraphs which I forgot!!
Anyway, back to the remark about how awful it would be if you went to the American model, I just want to say that I hear far more desperate complaints on GN about your system than I ever do about the system here.
I'm 76, and my husband is 78. You can't trust him to sort anything with the doctor because he really never complains, so I usually go along if it's anything really important. I'm pretty good at sussing out who's treating me and what they're doing. It does take a lifetime of practice in taking care of other people and then yourself to figure out what's what.
Very good luck to you all. However, I will say I would much rather have our system than yours.
I don't think 'everybody' thinks healthcare in the U.S. is awful in fact I think its probably excellent IF you can afford it!
If you live on the state pension in the UK there is no way to afford private health care. 'Going to the American model' would mean no treatment for the low-paid. You think that's a good idea? The rich have absolutely no idea what real life is like.