As many readers know, I have been cataloging a personal saga of my interaction with the socialized medical system in the UK. I went in to see my assigned GP back in March of 2012 due to issues that I had been having, something that had been going on for a while and my doctor in Panama City had suspected was sleep apnea – but the timing was such that I had to move to the UK for my next assignment and we never got to finish the testing here in the US.
Those initial encounters with the NHS are here, detailing the delays and waits for services and the significant lag time after a visit before the next step was taken.
Well, as luck would have it, I flew out of Scotland for the last time on Friday, January 18th and wouldn’t you know it – this also came via Royal Mail on the same day:
I am now officially diagnosed as having sleep apnea and am set to get a CPAP machine (well, I’m actually not – because I’m back in the US permanently now)…and it only took 10 months to get to where friends of mine who were similarly diagnosed got to in 6 weeks here in the US.
All of this even though the Brits have been at this for 70 years…and they went all in from the start.
How well do you think Obamacare will work based on this information?