I live in the UK. It is frequently wet here and quite often cold. There rarely is a Summer to speak of (this year withstanding so far) and the sky always seems very low. However. I live in the UK and we have the NHS.
The NHS is 'a free at the point of delivery' healthcare service. This means no one ever need worry about whether to see a doctor/go to a specialist/address a healthcare issue vs spending household budget on other necessities. I support the idea of universal healthcare, I agree with everyone having equal access to medical facilities and knowledge. I think the idea of medical care as a private business is against the basic premise of doctoring and nursing. However. I have a hearing issue.
I had a dream Friday week ago about being deaf and learning sign language and all sorts of other weird stuff that goes on in dreams. Then on Saturday there was an RNID (Royal National Institute for the Deaf) stall at the town fair and I actually (finally) took time to find out about hearing loss. On Wednesday I finally went to the doctor and, even though she looks and sounds like a character from 'Anne of Green Gables', she organised a referral to an audiologist for me.
My dilemma is that I am married to someone who has private health insurance as part of his employment package. For at least 11 years now we have annually received a packet of papers outlining the scope of healthcare benefits available to us. Last night I actually read it. And I rang the helpline to discuss the 'my being deaf 'situation. Once we had established that I didn't fall into any category she had on her list she outlined what the choices before me were.
So do I
a) go private and get a referral to a doctor at one of the private hospitals in a nearby town within a week or two.
b) stay with the NHS and undoubtedly get great treatment but at some date in the next month or so.
This is a choice that is vexing me greatly and is challenging several many long held convictions and until I make a decision nothing is going to happen so if you want to say anything - shout loudly!