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Medical treatment in the USA

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Medical treatment in the USA

I wouldn't usually link to this site as it is classed as an arch enemy of the Global Warming brigade but this post really struck me as being what we would all like to get from our medical system - I appreciate that he was either paying for it or has medical insurance
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/11/10/who-is-your-favorite-cardiologist/
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Interesting read.
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The interesting thing is that the treatment in the UK wouldn't be that different for a heart attack. Heart and cancer are both fast tracked.
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I very much doubt it
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Saw GP Tuesday
Saw Specialist Wednesday
Operation Thursday
You wouldn't even get an appointment with a specialist in under several weeks on the NHS and even after getting an seeing the specialist getting an exploratory check with or without a stent would take a lot longer than next day
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I accept it would not have been quite as quick in the UK but you would be surprised our quick the fast-track system is if needed.  Also  even in the US this speed is not normal.  There is also the question of finance.  In the US  without medical insurance this procedure would certainly not have been carried out.
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That isn't my experience (well a friends) where the operation was delayed so many times that she finished up with permanent brain damage
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I know it might vary around the country but last week my GP decided I should have a procedure to rule out a possible cancer.  I telephoned the hospital on Friday and went in for tests yesterday.  At the end of the day fortunately cancer was ruled out but a more minor problem found and I am now on a course of treatment to deal with this.  In this case the fast track system worked well.  Naturally, not having found any cancer I can't speak for the ongoing treatment for this.
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The interesting thing is that the treatment in the UK wouldn't be that different for a heart attack. Heart and cancer are both fast tracked.
It certainly was different 10 years ago!. I had a very similar experience in the USA back then. On the last day of my holiday I was taken to the ER with a suspected MI, my experience was remarkably similar to Willis's. They didn't ask which cardiologist I wanted to see but they did ask 'which hospital do you want to go to?'. I arrived in the ER about 11:00am on a Friday and had the angiogram by 2:00pm and a stent inserted, and as Willis says they were prepared to do open heart surgery there and then if necessary. The difference was that I was awake throughout and they went in through the groin, so I had to stay in overnight, actually they kept me in till Sunday morning, the cardiologist having decided it was a bit 'cavalier' to discharge me on the Saturday afternoon. He came round at 7:30 (yes 7:30!) on Sunday morning and promptly said 'what are you still doing here?' you can go home now. Well actually, I couldn't, since the airlines wouldn't fly me home for at least 10 days... Smiley
Anyway, I digress, back to my point!. On return to the UK I went to 'cardiac rehab' for a few weeks and met others who had gone through similar situations here. It seemed common to have to wait for an angiogram, then wait for the cardiologist to look at it, then eventually go back in to have a stent inserted or surgery. Hopefully it's changed now because it certainly wasn't a very efficient way of working back then. 
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I think it has changed with the introduction of regional heart units.  Where I am we have access to the world renowned Papworth hospital and the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre at Basildon.
Here's just one review of Basildon:
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My intense chest pain required the 999 paramedic to attend me at my home, and he diagnosed a heart attack. The ambulance was called swiftly and I was emergency rushed to the Cardio unit at Basildon Hospital. The team of about a dozen staff were waiting and they operated on me immediately placing a stent in my coronary artery, using key hole surgery through my wrist. From the time of my heart attack at 10:30 am to starting my recovery on the ward was just two hours. The NHS teamwork at Basildon was absolutely fabulous. I spent the next three days at Roding Ward, and the staff were excellent. I have made a very good recovery. Thank you.

This is typical of the treatment in this part of the UK.
Interestingly, I didn't know they inserted stents through the wrist.
I am a great advocate of the US but their health service leaves a lot to be desired.  With the right insurance you will get excellent treatment but not without it.  Currently there are 48M Americans without medical cover. Obama's health plan plans to address this problem to a degree.
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Interestingly, I didn't know they inserted stents through the wrist.

You're not alone. I thought it was all done from the groin / leg.
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