Future warnings for America from an unlikely source–Greece, the small and broke European nation–acting as an example of what could happen in the U.S. if healthcare becomes an entitlement program. It appears that the Southern European country, now in its fifth year of recession, is at risk of its medical system becoming a “privilege” to those that can afford the care.
“After recent reforms forced us to take money from people who lack healthcare coverage, more and more patients try to avoid making appointments for lack of cash,” says Meropi Manteou, a lung specialist at Sotiria general hospital in Athens.
“They come in with the flu and try to pass it off as an emergency. We do what we can to help the poorest that come but I don’t know how long we’ll be able to turn a blind eye,” Manteou said.
When you rely on the medical system for acne, and blemishes, and the inability to sleep, and hyper-sadness, and hyper-elatedness, and because your back hurts, and because your stomach hurts, yet you don’t really think about your health otherwise…then, yes, we may just tap our already “broken” system.