To feel like actually, health care isn't really free at the point of service?

(57 Posts)
RevoltingPeasant Fri 03-May-13 17:05:01

Would honestly appreciate thoughts on whether I am being precious/ demanding here, but..........

Today I went to a physio appointment. Private physio letting out rooms in an NHS GP practice. The GP practice is closed for a couple of hours or something, and he uses their rooms.

Sitting in the waiting room, I noticed these two posters next to each other:

'On a low income and need help with healthcare costs? Eye care, prescriptions (etc, it went on)'

Then an ad for the private physio I was seeing.

I'm seeing a private physio as I have no hope of getting one on the NHS and it helps me keep active (tendon injuries). I pay for private eye care, and obviously even NHS dentists charge. The posters made me think about how much most people can't get on the NHS 'free'.

I wish it weren't this way, but AIBU to think that actually, except for hospital admissions (which are a big thing of course!) much of the time it is really not true to say that healthcare is free at point of service?

ouryve Fri 03-May-13 23:45:19

tomorrow - it's a one off cost for all of them. Not one cost for each tooth.

MrsLion Sat 04-May-13 09:01:29

Yanbu to point out that some NHS healthcare isn't 'free'. It's not.

But would be V V U for people to whinge about the costs - healthcare in the uk in general, is amazingly affordable.

Weegiemum Sat 04-May-13 09:55:40

I love the NHS (and not only because they pay our mortgage as dh is a GP).

I've had a tonsillectomy, brace on my teeth for 18 months, serious depression involving hospital care, 3 dc, a prolonged time with kidney stones related to pregnancy (involving 4 visits to theatre!), referral to clinical psychology, and now I have a neurological disability which put me in hospital, and I was "tested" just about to my limits - nerve tests (EMG), CT scan, x-rays, ultrasound, MRI scan, PET scan, lip biopsy by the maxfax surgeon, at my admission they took 17 vials of blood, one of which was packed into a flask of hot sand and sent to Germany for testing! I am looked after at one of the worlds best neurological centres, and my ongoing treatment (an IV infusion of immunoglobulins) costs about £10,000 a month.

We'd thought about emigrating. Guess that won't be happening now!

Maryz Sat 04-May-13 10:01:42

At the moment ds's medication is costing us €144 a month.

Yesterday I had to take him to A&E, it cost €100 plus another tenner for painkillers.

I have to take him to the physio next week - it will be €60 euro per session. He probably needs three or four.

And he has to go back to the skin specialist next month. That will be €100 for the consultant and €120 for the blood tests.

I need new glasses, so does dd. All the kids are overdue a dental checkup, I need a root canal treatment and will probably lose the tooth if I don't get it in the next couple of months, and dh needs to go back to the specialist over a hernia problem he has. But those will have to wait for the moment, as we simply don't have the money.

The NHS is bloody good envy

sparkle9 Sat 04-May-13 10:12:11

I think the NHS is a great idea and works pretty well. I would urge you all to watch Keeping Britain Alive on BBC iPlayer. Really good documentary about the NHS.

I do think there needs to be some debate about what the NHS should fund. There seem to be quite a few ''lifestyle" treatments that are fully funded/free while essential dental work (for example) must be paid for by those who earn over quite a low threshold. IMO that is wrong.

HappyMummyOfOne Sat 04-May-13 10:29:14

Overall I think the NHS is great, it does need tweaking in that it pays for some treatments that are choices but its a system I am thankful for.

I'm quite happy to pay for dental and eye care, far better those than paying when you seriously ill and amounts are in the thousands.

I would imagine 95%+ take out of the NHS far more than they ever contribute so paying for a few things isn't too much to expect of people.

ophelia275 Sat 04-May-13 11:10:46

It's not free, that is a myth. It is paid for from the taxes of those in work and those in work then have to go on to pay even more for things like prescriptions and dentistry. If you need things like a crown or bridge, this will cost hundreds of pounds (as I recently found out) so definitely not free.

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