One thing I have learned here at HW, is that our brothers in the UK, Australia, and Canada for the most part, get excellent care, including choice of treatments, doctors, etc. This fact has been so distorted for political biases here in our country. I know they are not perfect health care systems, but I think something can be learned about them.
I know we, as Americans, and I am generalizing here on purpose, gripe and complain at times about health care here, etc, we are still fortunate to be able to walk into a public ER and be treated, even if you don't have a dime in your pocket. I live literally in the 90 second range from a medium sized hospital with a public ER. Not overly fond of it, but, if needed, I know I can be seen quickly, with or with out money or insurance.
The worse health care I ever witnessed was when I lived in Morrocco years ago. Perhaps it has been improved since then, but if you had much more than a cut on your finger, you were pretty well SOL. And even then, you would probably get an infections from the treatment, lol.
Some of the best I have witnessed, was in Spain, in particular Madrid. They were pretty accomdating and at the time, pretty state of the art.
It's sad to think that there are thousands of men around the world, that die of prostate cancer every year, and they never even knew they had it, or even what it was. That bother's my personal social concious alot.
david in sc
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 ?
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, on Catheter #21, will be having Ileal Conduit Surgery in Sept.