Hey, don't hold back. Tell us all about the healthcare systems in Europe. The good, the bad and ugly. Come on, don't be a tease.Jim
I'll tell you something about the NHS in the UK, Jim.
It all began just after WW2, dreamed up by the newly elected socialist govt of Attlee and initially funded by mis-appropriating US supplied reconstruction aid money. So while Germany was re-building it's industial base, the UK was treating itself to a 'free' Health Service. It was not free, of course, as new taxes were raised to maintain it.
Truman was furious but did nothing at the time. The Labour government was convinced that as the UK nation got 'healthier', the annual cost of the service would diminish - but of course that never happened. It has spiralled ever since the inception.
One of the initial problems was that the GPs refused to come on board, and give up their private practices. There was a Mexican stand-off, until the government did a deal and allowed them to keep a percentage of their private work, and spend the remainder in the new Health Service.
Unfortunately over the next 60 years the service has moved beyond the original plan to provide medicine for the sick.
Folllowing a kind of 'Topsy' life, the UK NHS has expanded into non-sickness areas such as infertility, gender-realignment, weight reduction programs, giving-up-smoking programs. The list is endless. And so is the bottomless pit into which all the tax money is poured.
If you in the US do decide to go for anything similar, for Pete's sake decide on the boundaries of the treatment that is covered. You can be sure that the professionals will soon start to push the envelope outwards to satisfy their career development.