pliptrot wrote:Ah don't you just love these first world problems? But don't worry, everyone, the only health provision offered will soon be pay-as-you-use, and I am sure -for the right premium- you can be seen on time. Now, I am being impertinent and political, which is never far from discussions on the NHS, I suppose, but if you compare the NHS with European provision you will see that they spend more and get more. We have, of course, decided that better health care, better social provision and better treatment in general is just too much red tape and intrusion, and so we can march now unimpeded into an American system. Which is a total disaster for all but the richest. So if you really want to be seen on time, start saving up.
Once again the predictable 'they do it better in Europe' argument - which may be true - but it is also a different system which requires health insurance to be taken out.
E.g. in Germany you must go through the government-regulated public health insurance system, private health insurance or a combination of the two. This insurance also covers at least part of your sick pay if you are off work. You can go for full private plans if your income is above a certain threshold or if you are self-employed. And finally you must also take out long-term nursing care insurance - basically if you need care when you're old.
I'm not saying this is better or worse than the NHS 'free-at the-point of delivery' model - but if you believe Europeans do it better you are arguing that our model has to change. And for the record the Germans are struggling with an increasing age demographic as much as we are, and there have been significant rises in premiums over the last 10 years.