I don't give a single flying rat about what percetage our GDP you believe should be spent on socialised medicine. This money is NOT yours to spend. Keep your hands in your own pockets. The only thing you should be conrned about is quality of services provided to customers. Central planning is like locking the steering wheel in your car. That is precisely why some very wealthy countries (like Canada) have absolutely appalling healthcare system. If you think goverment should control every aspect of your life I strongly suggest you move to North Korea, since most of British people are fed up and tired of reinacting soviet union in Western Europe.
Of course, every economist understands that unlimited printing of money is a great idea. The Weimar Republic proved it, and recent case studies in Venezuela and Zimbabwe just reinforce the lesson.
Deliberately misleading. There are 28 countries in the EU selectively choosing countries to manipulate figures.
Using a weighted average manipulates the comparison even more as 1-2 large will distort figures.
Also its not just about money it is about values for money take America it spend a lot more but it doesn't mean theire healtcare is better. Moving to a private marketplace model (like Singapore and Switzerland) is shown to be the best value for money which is what the government id doing
You read wrong. As a proportion of GDP UK spends 9.7% of GDP on healthcare. That's above the OECD average http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/health-data.htm The Kingsfund data in this article is in error (it fails to include social care, unlike other countries, for example) and it should have been corrected. Scotland spends a further 15% extra, making it nearly the highest spending nation in the EU as a proportion of GDP. And Scotland's outcomes? Worse even than England's. And, in turn, England's outcomes in terms of cancer survival and stroke survival rates rival Latvia, not France or Germany.
Actually the numbers provided are divisive and manipulative. Only a fwit would fall for such moronic rhetoric. Nearly all the countries on the list saw there GDPs fall dramatically in the gfc, on top of this their GDPs, in all but 2 cases, are far smaller than the UKs. The fact is we pay much more pro rata then any of the countries. Why is that? Simply put doctors going to agencies to perform the same job on locum wages has cost billions in the last 10 years. Sorry won't be long before ai gets shot of 50% of them anyway.
I just read on wiki that the French spend about 11.6% of GDP on the health service. UK spends under 7% I believe.
I did not realise that our % GDP spending on health was so low compared to say France. The NHS clearly isnt working well enough to meet demands. Perhaps we should copy the French, increase funding and introduce some charges for some treatments.
As a 70yr old, thank you! Phew!
health insurance costs a 20 something around £10 - £15/week
we need a culture of young people starting insurance at this age to maintain low premiums and thus be able to free up operating theatre etc from elective surgery and the like.
ps with growing and raging population, should fertility treatment really be tax payer funded?
"Keep politicians off the NHS !" you say. I agree. Furthermore.keep GPs, nurses and surgeons off the NHS. It is often said that we should leave the NHS to those who are working at the front line. Of course, within their sphere they know more than others, just as a petroleum engineer knows more about operating an oil platform than an investor. But oil companies are not run by the engineers operating the platforms - they are too busy and need to focus on their own priorities, just as a GP needs too. Oil companies are runs a a series of business units, each with its own objectives, budgets and authorities, organised to achieve overall business goals. So should the NHS be run, allowing as much outsourcing of services as needs be to deliver results to we the investors. Part of that solution, of course, should also involve we the consumers making partial payments at point of service, accordng to ability to pay, and also allowing we the customers to make top-up insurance payments to gain access to private treatment if we wish, using our basic NI entitlement as a base contribution.