Ah! The spirit of 47!
KenOach axe a fil about that and our mates dad - Harry Keen was in it.
"the cost that should be shared by the community part" is really the heart of the controversy/disagreements. In particular the business community
tends not to see the "sharing" aspect of it as in a capitalist economy, the costs have to be passed on to the consumer; and when the competition for
a product includes identical goods produced in a country without universal health care, the consumer definitely tends to select/purchase the products
with the lowest price points. Consumers are not oblivious to the consequences of buying foreign made products, but they really, at least
superficially, expect someone else to make up the shortfalls--a kind of "magic" solution to their choices. I'll leave out the graduated tax
structure issue aspect of this for some other time, i. e., the time "honored" solution to costs that the rich, and near rich, across the board
refuse as a solution---venture capitalists are motivated by profit, NOT by sharing.
Shall we bring back a wage and price control economy? [as if any western govt ever really fully implemented such a concept, even in wartime]. A salary mode of income, rather than fee for service, it definitely NOT music to the ears of health care professionals in the USA!!!
I'm proud to almost share it's birthday. (Though I arrived a few years later).
I also happen to live quite close to the first NHS hospital, too. The staff, there, are wonderful, even though the damned Tories have spent the last sixty-odd years trying to sell it.
God, I abhor those self-centred, selfish "people".
My future s-i-l is 7 years into his doctor training and at the end of this year will have to specialise. We have a fairly lean system here but as more "entrepreneurs" have successful bids for bits of the NHS in England the less people in England will be able to experience the cradle to grave care envisioned by Bevan, unless they move to Scotland.
If doctors (f'rinstance) were only paid if a patient got "better" (i.e. "results") then there would be more patients dying because no one would be willing to treat the chronically ill. There is a lot more to "user pays" and "free" health care than just economics. How do you put a price on a person's quality of life? Who should decide what is "affordable" or "economical"? FWIW I am more sympathetic to those who are pushing for VOLUNTARY euthanasia than I am to a Woman's right to an abortion.