True, the NHS has some real problems with radiology. Shortage of personnel, shortage of equipment, etc. However, other countries with socialized medical systems -- like the rest of Europe for instance, don't. I don't want to minimize the radiology shortage and delays, but the rest of your system functions far more efficiently. Also, radiology waits are much shorter than they were at the height of the problem, 2001. It may be moving slowly, but at least it's going in the right direction
Here, you have to qualify for an MRI first. If you're coverage is HMO (clinic), likely if you're a working person, you have to receive approval from your HMO management -- which is not exactly unlikely, but not exactly automatic either. Waits can be quite long, depending on the severity of the complaint.
Not true. U.S. health care is by far the most expensive in the industrialized world. It's by no means the best. In fact, most independent reviewers rate American health care among the worst for those who do not have the most expensive plans. That is, the vast majority of Americans. Also the situation gets worse every month.
In the UK, if you want to supplement your government health care with a private plan, you can. I imagine an extra 60 quid per, would get you a substantial upgrade. Meanwhile your American counterpart is paying approximately $300/mo per person for what amounts to less care than NHS -- non-emergency radiology aside.
As a matter of "Public Health," there is simply no comparison. You get a much higher level of preventive care, etc.
Depends what you mean by "free." If you qualify for government assistance, which requires actual poverty, you'll get it free. If you're working poor to middle class but no insurance -- you'll be billed. Medical care is by far the number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. Of course that could change with the current mixed bag of crises.
Unless you really take the time to look at U.S. health care as compared to the rest of the industrialized world, you don't realize what a complete cluster-**** it is.