The NHS is not a health service – it’s a political cult with 1.4 million full time employees and a forced congregation of 60 million. It levies tithes of £116 BILLION per year on believers, agnostics and atheists alike. That’s £1784 EACH per year (£144K over a lifetime at 81 years). If you’re lucky, you’ll get better, if you’re not, you’re added to the statistics in time for the next election manifesto.
One of the problems with being alive is that we don’t stay that way for very long in the great scheme of things. And if we’re lucky at birth, we have a decent set of genes as evolution dictates we should and if we look after the chassis we own, we might just make it to the end of the race of life in one piece without too much servicing.
Modern science and medicine does a very good job at maintenance, repairing and replacing the busted bits but like all treasured possessions, the really big repair jobs take the foresight and personal responsibility of insurance to protect us from the huge costs. We do it for cars and houses and we should do it for ourselves. It’s expensive not because providers want to own super-yachts but because development (subject to unbelievably high Government regulation) and incredibly intelligent (thus expensive) experts are involved – unless of course you want to be treated by an unemployed witch doctor who for a few pennies will rattle a zebra bone over your wheezing corpse (these actually exist in the small ads in the Evening Standard – pick one. Let us know how you get on).
Added to these already ferocious costs, is the sad reality that in the UK, the State, in all its wisdom, has decided to offer this service and extract the costs of its inefficient bloated management of such a service to your wage packet, not a monopoly on the service. Feel free to go private or take out your own insurance – but the State will take your money by force anyway. The very worst of all worlds. The State Corporate Health Service with Carte Blanche under pain of prison to charge you for it, regardless of the service.
And what happens when you put politicians in charge?
The entire thing becomes a political football and the basis of any offering it was designed to provide undergoes a radical rewriting to match the current manifesto of whichever political party grabs the greasy levers of power every five years. Priorities of your healthcare suddenly become the priorities of the incumbent political doctrine. Quite how this helps you recover from whatever ails you is a mystery, in a very homoeopathic way.
A slight whiff of Marxism, diluted by enough dogma, can miraculously cure you if you are a destitute peasant of whatever rampant disease you’ve acquired, apparently. Except that, with everything else the State touches, it’s all utter shit and people end up dying whilst the bureaucrats and policy wonks who develop “health manifestos” to gain their masters more votes all end up treated privately in Switzerland anyway. It isn’t a coincidence that the NHS is so badly run and managed that only two other countries on the planet have chosen to mimic its outstanding methodology – Cuba and North Korea. Where life expectancy is limited to about the same age you finally work out that socialism is a load of old bollocks anyway – convenient.
The NHS also provides work for vast amounts of citizens, all slavishly worshipping the ever growing beast like ants servicing the Queen and and all under the grinning gaze of politicians who wish for no more or no less than your utter dependence – economically, ideologically and yes, with State controlled health, even medically. Fuck with us, buck the system and you die in poverty, misery and agony.
This is pretty much how every religion terrifies its disciples into obedient compliance: “Do as we say, see as we see or torment and eternal damnation await you.” So we now have political parties, or if you prefer, New Evangelist Churches dedicated to nothing else than achieving greater reach, finance and power for the NHS and the politicians who control it. Criticism of the NHS is outright blasphemy – atheists who refuse to see the light are hounded and despised. Those who would prefer to choose their own “health religion” become vile apostates to be stoned to death. Health Sharia – how very New Age.
And that’s where we are. The NHS is not a health service – it’s a political cult with 1.4 million full time employees and a forced congregation of 60 million. It levies tithes of £116 BILLION per year on believers, agnostics and atheists alike. That’s £1784 EACH per year (£144K over a lifetime at 81 years). If you’re lucky, you’ll get better, if you’re not, you’re added to the statistics in time for the next election manifesto.
So what’s the alternative?
Well, there are alternative health systems available – some are even independent of the State and forced taxation. Voluntary, charity, contributory, non contributory – beyond the borders of the UK, a myriad of fully functional systems exist (I’ve even used some of them) and they work. Add in functioning, stable family units to care for the elderly or the infirm instead of shipping Granny off to the concrete care home by the bypass the minute she starts to smell a bit, or inconvenience your 16 hour day slaving to own a new Mercedes whilst sending the taxpayer the bill and we’d not only be more free of our crippling care costs but a little more humane and civilised in the process. Families are supposed to care for relatives – it’s our JOB.
Oh, and leave the price tag on everything the NHS buys. From the salary of a heart consultant to the plaster they stick on your toe when you turn up at A&E because you stubbed it tripping over an exhibit at the Tate Modern. Let’s see if fat Maureen in the mobility scooter who refuses to diet or even bother walking to the local Dominos Pizza still has the smile on her face when she realises her diabetic incontinence pads are actually costing her fellow citizens £43 each.
Dearly beloved. Let us pray…