02 April 2011

A message from Michael Moore

5 comments:

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Very wise words If only Cameron, Lansley etc would listen to them and learn...

Anna :o]

NHS Nursing Student said...

Thanks for posting this Dr Grumble, I was actually told last week to watch SiCKO, his documentary on private healthcare in the US but I haven't got around to it. He has some lovely sentiments that are refreshing from an outsider.

Anonymous said...

I've seen Sicko so now in light of the reforms going on in the NHS, Sicko seems kind of ironic because Michael Moore kinda held up the NHS as a beacon of good practice from both a medical and ethical point of view (ie not forcing people to pay through the nose for being sick)... and like a standard for the Americans to follow.

Sadly Americans can be really stupid when it comes to access to free healthcare cos' they fall for the propaganda about "socialised medicine". One time, Oprah asked a Danish woman how she feels about the Americans being wary of the kind of "socialised medicine" that the Danes had and the woman replied "we don't think of it as socialised- we think of it as civilised. What kind of country does not want to take care of its sick and elderly people?". That summed it up for me.

I hope the Brits don't show the same level of gullibility and naivety as the Americans when it comes to the health service. British people know the NHS is worth something which is why the government use this double speak to pretend it's not being privatised when it is. Each of the last bastions of what made this country count as a 'civilised' nation is being broken down bit by bit (NHS, welfare and access to higher education).

Neelu

Dr Grumble said...

You are right, Neelu. The British people definitely know the value of the NHS. That is why successive governments have kept their grand plan for the NHS secret. Those in charge are very confident that they can push this through. Only the public can stop it and I am not sure yet that they will. I fear that it has taken them by surprise and that they do not quite realise just how far along the route to the Americanisation of healthcare we already are.

Rebs said...

You can watch Sicko on Youtube in 13 parts:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sicko+part+1&aq=0&oq=sicko+part