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View Diary: My experiences with single-payer medicine: Norway (241 comments)

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  •  The problem is (6+ / 0-)

    everybody knows it's going on, and they know why.

    Part of it is financial - you don't go to the doctor if you don't have money to pay for it (and even with insurance, you'll pay SOMETHING), and if you're scared it might be serious and mean surgery, unpaid time off, or big medical bills, you're even LESS likely to go.

    So when you DO finally see a doctor, it's a huge problem, possibly a debilitating one - and completely preventable.

    The other part is that even if you DO have good coverage, you often have to wait to see a specialist. You might have to wait a few weeks or longer for surgery - even if it's cancer or anything other than a immediate life-threatening emergency.

    So waits aren't unusual.

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