Most GIM members seem to be against socialised medicine. Being a Brit and having little knowledge of US medical matters I had not given the matter much thought.
Then I saw Tom D's post Scared the s*** out of myself this AM, wife too and realised that on an English board we would not be reading such a post and started thinking.
If someone collapses here it is automatic for us to call 999 almost before they hit the floor and a paramedic (probably in a car or on a motorbike) would be sent ASAP - before the Ambulance which would have been despatched at the same time. The paramedic would have assessed Tom and probably sent him to A&E for tests. All this would be "free" at the point of use, paid for out of National Insurance deductions and general taxation.
Although US healthcare is supposed by many to be the best in the world and we moan about ours all the time, the figures suggest that US residents pay almost twice as much to live slightly shorter lives.
Below are numbers from 2008, which I found on http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=110997469: