Posted by Tom Twilight on October 7, 2005, at 16:29:12 [reposted on October 8, 2005, at 18:57:32 | original URL]
In reply to Re: Do the British know something we don't?, posted by tecknohed on October 4, 2005, at 19:25:47
Glossary for none UK people:
NHS means "National Health Service"
Alternatively "No Hope Service" or "No Help Sorry"
Unfortunately I've come into the discussion rather late, which is a very annoying because it’s such an interesting one!
Several things that were said in this thread really struck a cord with me.......
I think part of problem with the UK is that the NHS is completely publicly funded; therefore there is not the same incentive to please patients as there is in a private system.
NHS docs get paid equally, whether they help patients or not.
The UK system is, on the whole, unwieldy and conservative.
Most UK docs seems unwilling to experiment with med combos, and are also unwilling to treat disorders aggressively.
Also the vast majority of UK GPs and Psychiatrists seem to be quite benzo phobic.
I work in Addenbrook’s Hospital Cambridge as a porter
Supposedly one of top UK NHS hospitals, as yet I haven’t had any involvement with the psychiatric side of things.
I will say that although it very impressive in some respects, it does seem to be lacking in others, the pain control particularly seems to be quite lackadaisical, and the lifts frequently brake down
I'd also like to say that Tecknohead's post really struck a cord with me
> I've had lots of trouble getting what I need from UK docs. Try mentioning Parnate to a UK pdoc and then wait to be laughed at!
The very idea! An MAOI and a Stimulant!
> It seems especially hard for Social Phobics who have limited choice already. Yet for some reason Seroxat or Moclobemide are 'highly' recommended for it. Uh, why?
Moclobemide for serious mental illness, what a joke! Treating one the most stubborn disorders with one of the weakest drugs. To his credit my last UK Pdoc said it was useless
Having said that it probably works great for some people, but not very many, I daresay.
Someone said that the Australian health system is best
Probably because it a mixture of public and private funding so you get the best of both worlds..........