I confess I'm puzzled by OhioState's concern about
British care. I'd have said pretty much the opposite. I'm not sure either of us has any real reason for holding the opinions we do. I've got no good reason to believe what I do, aside from my visits to Britian over the years. As for OhioState's reasons, if knowing folks in a country that aren't enthused about
medicine, and/or hospitals, and/or doctors is the criteria of medical excellence, I'd wonder where anyone might be safe.
I think we have to recognize that just as internet support groups attract those that need support, not those who have an easy time of it, (mentally and/or physically,) the people who comment on health care they've received, or not received, from a particular doctor, hospital, insurance provider, system or state, tend to be those with issues.
I suspect darn few people call Uncle Fred or Cousin Susie in England to be told, "I was in for the most wonderful colonoscopy today. They were right on time, everyone was so nice, and I got my excellent results right away from the most caring and compassionate doctor."
Dog bites man isn't news. Man bites dog is news. Man has fantastic medical experience and tells no one --- boring! Man has terrible experience and tells everyone --- exciting!
Anecdotal evidence isn't the way to judge health care. Although, I confess, my own medical experiences, both good and bad, are the criteria which I too often project as the truth for all, not just myself.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week.