I currently live in California USA but I’m English and will be returning to the UK this March after a ten year absence.
I received my ADHD diagnosis last year and have been on methylphenidate but I have no idea how easy it will be to “transfer” my diagnosis (since the NHS didn’t diagnose me) and how quickly I can get my methylphenidate refilled.
I’m not surprised to hear about long wait times and poor service in some areas. While extremely frustrating, please do bear in mind that it’s because of underfunding rather than the system itself being a failure. The current government would rather privatize everything and make money rather than lose money sustaining a public service.
The alternative would be like here in California, where yes you get prompt treatment but only if you can afford it. Despite being on minimum wage I pay more than $700 a month just for ACCESS to the healthcare here, and even then it’s only with ONE hospital chain. I still have copays and deductibles on top of the monthly premium. If I got into an accident and was taken to an out of network hospital then I would be stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in bills. Even within network my deductible (excess) is $10,000 per YEAR. And that’s on a company-sponsored healthcare plan!! I needed ear surgery last year and I maxed out my deductible, meaning I paid almost $20,000 that year alone.
Sorry for the looooong post, but having seen it from both sides I would take the NHS any day. It needs our support and more funding, and then it really would be the best system anywhere. <3
Good luck to all of us in getting the treatment we need!