On a recent trip to Rome, Italy I fell and broke my femur, which led to 16 days in a Rome hospital. I witnessed socialized medicine first hand as a patient.
I was given a bed with only a pillow and a sheet. Towels, soap, wet wipes (toiletry items), toilet paper, even a cup to drink out of had to be provided by family or friends.
I fell on a Thursday, was taken by ambulance to the hospital and did not have surgery until the next Thursday. Surgery is done only two days a week unless it is an emergency. Evidently pain from a broken bone is not an emergency under socialized medicine guidelines.
I was given three different surgery dates (for which I had to fast each time) and finally had surgery on the third date which was seven days after my fall.
In the states, orthopedic doctors have patients starting physical therapy day after surgery. In Rome, Italy, I had physical therapy three times in seven days for 15 minutes each time after which I was put back in bed. I was in bed a total of 16 days for a broken bone.
This experience and love of my country has prompted me to write my first ever letter to a newspaper. Socialized medicine is very impersonal without room for compassion.
I know our healthcare system has cost problems that need to be solved.
My experience tells me socialized medicine is not the answer for America where we value the freedom to make our own medical decisions.