towards universal Medicare in the USA

A number of years ago, while living and working for a short period in the US, I had occasion to visit a private doctor’s surgery. While I was waiting in reception a retired couple who had recently moved to the area inquired about the availability of treatment under Medicare, only to be informed that the doctor’s Medicare list was full.

I, on the other hand, received excellent treatment but, as the couple presumably had worked for most of their lives, this seemed out of kilter by comparison.

The US and its people embody a model of freedom and choice in the world and we must remain optimistic that this basic right to access care as “universal coverage” can eventually become more than “only a dream”, and not just in the richest nation on earth.

David Moore (Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, Scotland), “Making universal coverage a reality“, letter to the editor, Financial Times, 9 April 2014.

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