England's National Health Service(NHS)
UK Woman Punished for Paying for Private Doctor – an Obamacare Preview
"A WOMAN has been denied an operation on the NHS after paying for a private consultation to deal with her severe back pain. " From the UK Times
Because she had severe pain and tried to get herself help, she is being denied help.
Jenny Whitehead, a breast cancer survivor, paid £250 for an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon after being told she would have to wait five months to see him on the NHS. He told her he would add her to his NHS waiting list for surgery.
She was barred from the list, however, and sent back to her GP. She must now find at least £10,000 for private surgery, or wait until the autumn for the NHS operation to remove a cyst on her spine.
“When I paid £250 to see the specialist privately I had no idea I would be sacrificing my right to surgery on the NHS. I feel victimised,” she said.