Hi, I am from India and been a Type2 for almost 6yrs now. Here, the medical insurance is from private firms and covered by your employer. Also, if you are taking insurance after getting D, then it is not covered, so on and so forth. I hear that there are 10 doctors for every 50,000 people in India(?)
By 2020, India the second largest populous country in the world (or may be 1st already) will be the Diabetes Capital Of the World. I feel like running away with my family to a place where there is free medical care, like in Britain or Canada or some other countries I don't know about? How good is the "free" medical care given in these and other countries. I am very curious to learn how other countries treat their citizens.
Thanks for taking the time to give the URL nel. I will try and read it soon.
Toronto the centre of the universe.
I saw a post on Facebook that tells it all: I want MY government to use MY tax money to pay for MY healthcare.
I've been one of the lucky ones in the sense that when I didn't have any health insurance, both my son and I were healthy. And by the time I developed the several chronic conditions I have, I had a job with good insurance. The problem with the US is that health insurance is handcuffed to either generous employment or EXTREME poverty. Is it any wonder that people CHOOSE to stay on welfare rather than get a job at minimum wage with no benefits?
On the other hand, countries with national healthcare DO have problems, too. It seems to me that it boils down to do you want private insurance companies to practice medicine without a license in order to preserve profits, or do you want the government to practice medicine without a license in order to keep taxes down?
I'm going to be on Medicare come March 2013, and it seems to me to be a no-win situation -- they've known we Baby-Boomers were coming for more than 50 years, but no one did ANYTHING to prepare for us. So it's only going to get worse. The only advantage I feel we diabetics have is that we can easily commit suicide if life becomes unbearable, even when we know that we COULD have gotten help and relief if only our tax money had been used responsibly.