UNITED KINGDOM: The Universal Health Care Gets Bankrupt!

President Trump in one of his tweets, claimed that thousands of people in Britain were marching because their country’s National Health Service was going broke and not working, and that DNC pushing for universal health care in the United States is a simple pursuing a similar failed model.

In the last 10 years, budgetary austerity has kept annual growth in health spending at around 1.2 % (adjusted for inflation) significantly less than the 4 % increases that were the historical norm. Patients very often wait months, even for essential procedures. Waiting rooms are full. Such crowding, and in particular wave of immigrants, was cited as a factor by some voters in Britain’s June 2016 referendum to leave the European Union. But paradoxically, the plans for “Brexit” may have made the situation even worse.

Fearing that they will not have a long-term job in Britain, many skilled health workers, especially nurses, have left the country, exacerbating staff shortages. Meanwhile, strains on the system have been worsened by an unusually strong flu outbreak this winter that forced hospitals to cancel many elective procedures and, in some cases, delay surgeries for patients with life-threatening conditions like cancer, heart disease, etc. A shortage of beds has also resulted in delays to emergency services, with some patients waiting up to half day in emergency wards before being seen.

Can UK stop this (semi)communist experiment?

Not at all! Once you get in this trap, it’s very hard to get out. In fact, the people who marched in London on Saturday, were there NOT to criticize the health service, but to urge the government to support it and give it EVEN MORE funding to this crumbling sistem. The protesters carried banners reading “More Staff, More Beds, More Funds” and “Saving Lives Costs Money, Saving Money Costs Lives.” They chanted, “Keep your hands off our N.H.S.” Started in 1948 during the recovering period after World War II, the National Health Service is seen as one of Britain’s most cherished institutions, a greater source of pride, according to some polls, than even the monarchy. The service is known for its simplicity, It is free at the point of use to anyone who needs it. Paperwork is minimal, and most patients never see a bill, but the private companies see’s a LOT higher taxes, so the situation is far worst in Britain than in USA.  Almost no one in Britain is bankrupted by medical expenses, but many jobs are lost because of extremly high taxes that economy pays to this non-funcional system. To take one measure, the United States spends more than all other rich nations on health care, but with decidedly mixed outcomes. 

Many observers said that Mr. Trump wrote his Twitter post less than an hour after Nigel Farage, the former leader of U.K. Independence Party and an ally of Mr. Trump, appeared on a Fox News program and asserted that the pressures faced by the N.H.S. were caused by immigration. “The big problem we’ve got is a population crisis caused by government policy on immigration,” Mr. Nigel Farage said. “We have a population of 65 million, but it’s increasing by half a million people a year. We just haven’t got enough hospitals, we haven’t got enough doctors, we haven’t got enough facilities.”

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