Imagine you are sick. I have fever and pain that won’t go away. If you go to the doctor’s office, you will be taken to the emergency room. Surgery will then be performed, followed by several nights in the hospital. After a few weeks, more doctor’s visits, and a ton of prescription drugs, you’re good again and as good as a fiddle.
And they will let you have a fun trip without paying a penny. That’s right, $0.
For those living in the United States, that’s probably a pipe dream. But that wasn’t the case for our British cousins. He is one of Britain’s most noble foundings, thanks to the National Health Service.
But as the opinion video above claims, that esteemed institution is in crisis due to mismanagement by British politicians.
The scheme was established in 1948 to provide free healthcare to all residents and has stood proudly as a much-loved symbol of British identity and the welfare state.
But the NHS, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last summer, has suffered a serious health crisis in recent years. Last winter was the worst time for the system. People died waiting at home for ambulances to arrive, hospitals were overflowing with patients, and some of the allocated beds were jammed in hallways. Millions of Brits have been waiting months for surgery, with some resorting to having their teeth pulled themselves because they can’t find an NHS dentist. After a decade of stagnant salaries, nurses and doctors went on strike, exacerbating the crisis.
Now, with another winter approaching, NHS workers fear the situation will get even worse.
The crisis has prompted calls for Britain to scrap universal health care and return to a private or hybrid healthcare system, similar to the United States and other European countries. But, as the opinion video above argues, the NHS’s woes are not a function of how it is funded, but the result of something else entirely.