On March 30th, The Rolling Stones announced that they were going to postpone their late spring and early summer dates of their 2019 No Filter Tour. The only reason given at the time was that Mick Jagger’s doctors told him not to go on the tour due to medical reasons. Two days later it was revealed that Jagger would need surgery to have a heart valve replaced.
Mick Jagger’s April 4th surgery was successful and The Rolling Stones rescheduled their tour for this summer, with the new dates announced on May 16. However, questions about Jagger’s choice of healthcare could become a topic for debate.
Most people know that Mick Jagger was born in England, a country that has universal healthcare. Instead of having the surgery in his home country, Jagger opted to have his surgery in New York City. The question no one is asking is, “Why?”
America’s Healthcare vs. England’s Healthcare
The combination of quality and wait times for receiving healthcare in America is better than it is in England. A large part of that is because of England’s National Health Service.
English citizens like that they don’t have to pay for their healthcare directly, but doctors are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of patients they have to see. In cases where the emergency room is full, ambulances wait in a queue before patients are allowed in. While there are options to purchase private insurance out of pocket for better healthcare or through a private employer, the amount of British citizens who have private insurance is only 10.5%.
In America most citizens who work full time hours are covered. In a 2017 study by the United States Census Bureau, over 91% of American citizens had some form of health insurance. 56% percent of Americans had insurance through their employer, 19.3% through Medicaid, 17.2% through Medicare, 16% through direct payment, and 4.8% through the military.
Mick Jagger’s celebrity status and wealth helped him afford a different quality of care. This shows that if people are able to afford better, faster healthcare, they will take advantage of that option. The census study from 2017 also shows that if American citizens have the option to avoid being on government healthcare they will.
People should be cautious in calling for universal healthcare based on what we have seen in England with hospitals and doctors being overwhelmed. If we move to universal healthcare in the US, we might seem similar problems to what England faces now.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.