NHMike wrote:One of my previous project leaders worked in the UK and she explained the system there. There is National Healthcare and then you can pay an additional amount to get a higher level of service and coverage. So they have a two-tiered system. I think that this is analogous to Medicaid and corporate healthcare where the coverage levels can be vastly different. I understand that other countries with national healthcare systems have the same kind of two-tiered system.
Officially in Ontario you can't pay for health care services that theoretically speaking are available for free.
As a result we are getting an infamous "waiting times" problem.
According to propagandists from Ontario Healthcare Ministry we have a single tier system.
In reality people with better connections are getting preferential treatment.
It's a de-facto two-tier system that is organised slightly differently.
Speaking of tiers:
Phillips House at Massachusetts General Hospital
What You’ll Pay: $434 per day
How Hard Is It to Get In?: 59 rooms
About That View…: Boston Harbor, Zakim and Longfellow bridges, Charles River
Creature Comforts: Mahogany doors and trim, a guest bed for visitors, tea in a lounge featuring an 18th-century English grandfather clock, complimentary massages.
Latest Renovation: 2007
On the Menu: Special requests are standard. Patients on liquid diets have been known to receive black-and-white frappes.
What Patients Say: “The people who came to visit me seemed stunned. My father-in-law kept going on and on, like it was where a Kennedy would be put.” —Jennifer Klahn, a nonprofit fundraiser who was moved to Phillips after a pregnancy complication.
Brigham and Women’s Shapiro Tower Pavilion
What You’ll Pay: $300–$800 per day
How Hard Is It to Get In?: 14 rooms
About That View: Jamaica Pond, the Emerald Necklace, the Esplanade
Creature Comforts: Private kitchenette, high-thread-count sheets, full-size tiled bath, spa-worthy terrycloth robes, pavilion concierge, concealed medical apparatuses.
Latest Renovation: 2012
On the Menu: A dedicated chef prepares delicacies like crab cakes and lobster ravioli, served on fine china atop white-linen tablecloths with freshly snipped flowers.
What Patients Say: “It’s almost like you’re not in a hospital. It’s like you’re in a hotel room. It’s an enormous suite.” —Sandro Roffo, who had a kidney removed at Shapiro, and who compares his in-room meals to “room service coming from a five-star chef.”https://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/2 ... amenities/
My former manager stayed at the Shapiro Tower Pavilion when his wife had a procedure done last year.