Originally Posted by chrisrushton
Ugh.. for a forum called personal development for SMART people there are some dumb ideas circulating about nationalized health care. (Not just trying beating on WelfareStateChild here, it just happens to be right there.)
It honestly sounds like you'd rather live in a small village somewhere in the middle of nowhere with no services, no nothing.
Three words for you: National Health Service. It works. I don't understand the problem some people have with getting this. IT WORKS!
How it works is simple. EVERYONE is a member. EVERYONE WHO WORKS pays a SMALL insurance premium to the government so ANYONE can get the treatment they NEED. EVERYONE can expect basic medical care at NO COST at point of treatment, as and when they need it. There is NO OPTING OUT. Obviously the NHS can't pay for advanced treatments but it will do what is needed to keep you alive. The rest is up to you. If you want to take out extra health insurance you are free to. You can generally expect a higher standard of care if you do and access to really cutting edge treatments regardless of who you are.
More government intervention in the healthcare sector will only further drive up costs. Disable the power government currently have here, and you will see healthcare becomming abundant again.