Moving To England For Affordable Health Care

Here's the story of a 53-year-old woman with breast cancer who decided to move to England to gain access to affordable treatment. Erika Rex, writing for Kaiser Health News, says after dating a British man for less than a year, she left New York for the U.K, and into the open arms of the National Health Service, where she encountered poetry in the doctor's waiting room, free prescription drugs and a truly compassionate physician. Rex writes:

I had some wonderful doctors in New York, caring and helpful. But I also had to fight with my hospital there to get the tests I needed, and several of the specialists were so difficult to deal with I chose medical protocols to avoid them—no matter what the best option for treatment was. What I really notice about the health care providers in England is that they seem to have more than half a second for me – and they actually listen.

This program aired on February 1, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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