Our 'National Insurance' that we paid while working covers our pension etc and we dont get Dr's bills unless we choose to go 'private' The only thing people here pay for is the medication prescribed (that can be costly) but I'm sure its after you're 60/?65? cant remember all medication is free too - I'm sure people who are disabled get free medication as well irrespective of age.
(I had both knee replacements done and it didnt cost me anything at all- I did at one time enquire about going private to get the operation and the consultant said it would be £10,000 for each knee -and he said its the same surgeons who perform the operations so he advised me to stay on his waiting list - which wasnt too long - which I did and saved £20,000.
Hearing aids are free too but oddly enough dentures need to be paid for -not sure about poeple on very low income if they get compensated for this charge?
Unlike our medical set up Vets bills must be paid for at time of consultation unless you have pet insurance, which I dont have
(I think I heard recently if people get income support they can fill out a form and the get vets fees paid for them? dont know enough about this though)
but my friend told me today that she had pet insurance for her two dogs but after the dogs became 10years old the premiums shot up even although she had paid it since the dogs were puppies and hadnt claimed. Big problem she had then was at that time she was finding it difficult to meet the new premiums so let it lapse- yes you've guessed it both dogs became ill and she had no cover after paying all those years.
So in hindsight she would have been better to have kept going with the insurance.
Get Bengy's new medication tomorrow morning seems he will be on a very low dose - Good job I dont smoke or drink-- I would rather do without things for myself to make sure my 4 legged family are OK
I have noticed a difference in the dogs -for the better- since I started giving them some cooked chicken breasts mixed with their dried food
-maybe coincidence but there is a difference in their 'attitude' cant think of the proper word here at the moment- maybe I need to start eating chicken too.