Post by dyertribe on Nov 23, 2016 21:47:11 GMT
Nowhere did I say that sorting out people who should pay from those who should not, is racist. Why do folk invent this stuff to put in other peoples mouths. It's my pet hate on both this and the "other forum". I'm never sure if it is out of mischief or stupidity or laziness (can't be bothered to read other's posts properly). Anyway with that rant out of my system...
Nowhere did I say that sorting out people who should pay from those who should not, is racist. Of course it isn't. What I said is that deciding whether to check people's eligibility or not just by looking/speaking them to see if they are johnny foreigner or not, is racist. If you want to have a system to determine whether or not someone is eligible for free treatment, that system has to apply to everyone. And then the burden may be more costly than the rewards.
Anyway, as you say you can't just walk into a hospital and demand non-emergency treatment, so what is this all about?
I asked Jeff how often in his 20 years as a Haematology Nurse Specialist he has had a "health tourist" wanting treatment for leukaemia / haemophilia / lymphoma etc. His answer is virtually never, he can think of just one person in 20 years. And that caused mayhem since, even though the chap had health insurance, there was no bureaucratic mechanism in the hospital to claim the money back. Having wasted lots of people's time pondering it, in the end they just treated him for free.
The cases I mentioned were told to me without any prompting for me, the conversation was regarding the allocation of budgets.