This photo shows a 'sky-cam' view of one of the large hospitals in Glasgow that I worked at. It's called the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and includes the actual site where Lister 'discovered; aseptic techniques (I think). The hospital stretches from the old building at the top, all the way down to the new building where the motorway (highway) can be seen and includes everything in between. The old looking 'church' at the top is the Glasgow Cathedral which dates back to the fifteen hundreds.
The Royal Infirmary has, I believe, somewhere in the region of thirty five (35) seperate in patient wards plus an Emergency department, Maternity unit and various other departments and day clinics, all paid for through the National Health Service (via flat rate individual taxation). It treats thousands of people every year, in-patients and day cases. Nobody is ever referred elsewehere or turned away nor have their health needs ignored due to the stipulation of a Health Insurance firm, whose focus is profit, not people. Yet, (some) Americans call this 'socialised medicine' and say the words almost like they are spitting them out, as if the very words themselves would leave a foul taste behind.
To say the Royal Infirmary is a HUGE complex does't come close to describing the experience of working there. Anonimity rules the day as more oftne than not, you don't even know most of the staff you come into contact with. It is akin to a small, self-sufficient city within a city and even has subterranean tunnels that pass under the adjacent road (for staff only).
The American hospital here has 8 wards and an Emergency Department on site. It calls itself a "Regional medical center". It is open to the demands (and abuses) of the Health Insurance companies here who state what may or may not be treated, how often and when. Like most American health care institutions, it lacks a great deal -because those very same health insurance companies tell them they wont get paid for such and such a thing (even after it's been carried out), and that, along with governmental incompetence, is driving American health care closer and closer to that of a third world regime. It may have been an excellent health care system - once - not anymore, yet I still hear some American people saying that it is the 'best health care system in the world'. This is where the delusional confidence comes in!
Ask yourself why an Iraqi or Afghani citizen can receive almost immediate, free health care whilst a homeless person in New York can be left to rot amidst the trash in a dark alley?
No matter your political leanings, no matter your religion, your personal beliefs, Health care for ALL should never, ever be based on 'profit before people', nor become a target for politicians to play around with. Not if you want to lay claim to the title of being a modern, developed country!