This is the second under a series of articles The Kochi Post is running on access to healthcare.
A doctor friend of mine came back from Britain the other day. She had a friend with her – a former patient of hers. Almost all medical care in the United Kingdom is through the National Health Service (NHS). Every citizen is registered with a nearby family doctor. All patients have to go to him or her first. That doctor suggests and arranges for referrals to NHS hospitals if needed. All healthcare is completely free.
My friend’s friend, the British citizen, is 85 years old. She has accompanied her to visit India. She had a coronary by-pass operation at the age of 75. Just three years back, she had both her knees and one hip replaced by surgery. She walks almost effortlessly. Her husband is resting at home. He is 90 and is having renal failure. He had a renal transplant at 83. Eighty three! I couldn’t believe it.