The story was quick to point out neither Britain's nor the U.S. health system provides everything needed to treat such a terrible affliction. For example, the British woman now pays from her own pocket for extra physical therapy not covered by her government. It costs her the equivalent of $30/week (it's a donation, not a required fee). Everything else (to include expensive medications) is free!
The MS for the American only cost him his job at first. But, of course, without employment, his health insurance soon went down the drain too. Because of the loss of income from his job and lost insurance, he was forced to bear the burden of his treatments and meds himself. As a result, the next thing he lost was the family's home. Bankruptcy soon followed with contemplations of suicide to ease the financial strain on his wife and their two daughters, ages 4 and 9.
It was a good story. And an excellent chart is provided by NPR which allows Americans to compare their health care side by side with any of six other "first world" nations. (CAUTION: reading this chart, one may get the idea there are Third World nations with better health care than the United States. There are.)
Dada note: Just a point or two. While the U.S. health care system for its citizens is inferior to most other industriaized nations, it maintains the greatest health care for its health care industry, i.e., the HMO's, insurance companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers who determine health and drug policies through cozy relationships of their lobbyists with our government representatives.
U.S. citizen's health care inferiorities are also made up for in another important area where, again, we excel heads above everyone. That's in a Joseph Goebbels' Nazi style propaganda, "if you repeat a lie it becomes the truth!" Such bullshit mechanisms are in place to wipe the minds of all with the dogma that foreign health care systems are detrimental to one's health, not to mention they reek of that scarier-than-shit "S" word -- socialism!
I don't know how many Americans know the difference between "universal health care" for all and "single payer health care." But they are NOT the same. And neither of the two major presidential candidates is calling for a single payer system. They dare not, at the risk of their political health and ambitions (if not their very own physical health!).
In the U.S., the best way to avoid the pitfalls of the health care system that claimed the above cited American MS victim is to just make sure you stay healthy I guess.