Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
Kenneth
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The State of Medical Care



The Michael Moore film "Sicko" has brought the question of problems with the medical system to the forefront. Michael Moore has been known to exaggerate (e.g. when he said in Bowling for Columbine that Canadians don't lock their doors--total bullshit), but he can also identify real problems. How does your personal experience compare with the picture that Moore paints?

Poll #1021437 Medical system

Have you stayed in hospital (i.e. at least one over night) in the past ten years?

Yes
35(44.9%)
No
43(55.1%)

If so, how was the experience for you, as regards the way you were treated by the hospital staff and the system?

I haven't stayed in hospital in the past ten years.
33(49.3%)
Very good. I was quite satisfied with the experience.
11(16.4%)
It was okay, but not great, there are some minor things that could be improved.
15(22.4%)
It was generally a poor experience.
5(7.5%)
It was hell! It was a horrible experience for me!
2(3.0%)
These choices don't cover my experience. (Will you explain it for us in a comment?)
1(1.5%)

Have you had to go to a hospital emergency ward for yourself or with someone else in the past 10 years and if so, how was the experience as regards the hospital?

I haven't been to an emergency ward for myself or with someone in the past 10 years.
9(11.8%)
Very good, I was very happy with how I/the person was treated.
15(19.7%)
It was okay, but the experience could have been better.
34(44.7%)
It was generally a poor experience.
8(10.5%)
It was hell, an awful terrible experience!
9(11.8%)
These choices don't cover my experience. (Will you explain it for us in a comment?)
1(1.3%)

Have you (or has someone close to you) ever been on a waiting list to have surgery and if so, how was the waiting list?

I've never been on a waiting list for surgery nor has someone close to me.
55(72.4%)
I was pleased with how short the waiting list was.
6(7.9%)
I wish the wait had been shorter, but it was reasonable and acceptable.
4(5.3%)
The waiting time was longer than it should have been, but not unacceptably so.
3(3.9%)
The waiting time was unacceptably long.
4(5.3%)
This has happened more than once. Sometimes it was good, sometimes it was not.
0(0.0%)
None of these comments fairly describe my situation. (Please comment and tell us about it okay?)
4(5.3%)

What is your personal situation with regard to medical coverage?

I live in a country with universal medical coverage.
12(16.2%)
My country doesn't have universal medical coverage. I have medical coverage insurance through my job.
25(33.8%)
My country doesn't have universal medical coverage. I have purchased medical coverage insurance or someone has purchased it for me.
19(25.7%)
My country doesn't have universal medical coverage. I have no medical coverage insurance.
8(10.8%)
Other (please comment)
10(13.5%)

The United States will never get universal medical coverage as long as medical insurance companies contribute large sums to political campaigns.

I strongly agree with this statement.
24(33.3%)
I somewhat agree with this statement.
16(22.2%)
I'm not sure whether or not I agree with this statement or don't know enough to have an opinion about it.
30(41.7%)
I somewhat disagree with this statement.
1(1.4%)
I strongly disagree with this statement.
1(1.4%)
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