How The United Kingdom’s Health-Care System Works

Super Tuesday came and went and the Democratic
presidential race is narrowing to two very different candidates, far left Bernie Sanders
and the more moderate Joe Biden. Biden and Sanders have clashed on the best
approach to reforming U.S. health care. Sanders wants to get rid of private insurance
altogether. While Biden proposes building on the framework
left over from Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Bernie says that you have to bring people
together and we have to have Medicare for all. But Bernie says and he says he wrote the damn
thing, but he’s unwilling to sell with the damn thing’s gonna cost. The idea middle class taxes aren’t going to
go up is just crazy. What Medicare, after all, will do is save
the average American substantial sums of money. The U.S. already spends more money on health
care than any other developed country. There’s one country that spends less than
half what the U.S. does on health care. And people generally don’t pay anything out
of pocket when they go to the doctor. The United Kingdom and out of all the health
care systems we’ve looked at, the U.K. appears the most socialist. The government effectively runs the whole
thing. Right now, the U.K. is having its own debate
over how to reform the National Health Service. So how does the U.K. system compare to the
U.S. and what reforms may be coming? In 2018, the United States spent around ten
thousand five hundred U.S. dollars on health care for each of its residents. The United Kingdom spent around 4000 U.S.
dollars. That means the United Kingdom spends 9.8 percent
of its GDP on health care, while the U.S. spends 16.9 percent. Despite spending less, the United Kingdom
manages to have healthier citizens who live longer and are less likely to die in childbirth. In 2017, life expectancy in the U.K. was 2.7
years higher than in the U.S., and the U.K. has roughly 1.5 times fewer deaths that could
have been avoided by access to better health care. The infant mortality rate is lower in the
United Kingdom, with 3.9 deaths per 1000 live births as opposed to 5.8 in the United States. And the maternal mortality rate in the U.S.
is nearly 1.5 times higher than in the United Kingdom. So how is the U.K. system structured so that
it gets these results while spending significantly less than the United States system? The National Health Service is a case where
the British decided right after World War 2 that health care should be government’s
job, like paving the streets, putting out fires, running a library, running the parks. That’s T.R. Reid, author of the book The Healing of America. He traveled the world exploring different
countries’ health care systems. It’s a service you get when you need it and
you never get a bill. It’s like going to the library. They don’t charge you to check out a book. He’s saying that the NHS is it’s a risk sharing
system, so everyone pays into it through their tax. If you need to use it, you don’t have to pay
anything else. So in a sense, it’s not free because is paid
as of taxation. Dr. John Puntis is a pediatrician who recently
retired from the NHS. He is also co-chair of an organization called
Keep Our NHS Public. All of his comments are reflective of the
organization and not his personal views. It’s a fair system in that the more money
you earn, the more tax you pay, the more you contribute. But there has been discussion about whether
tax should be increased to pay for sorting the NHS out in terms of the current deficiencies
and problems, and that that is controversial. I think a lot of people favor some tax increase,
but then there are other people who say, well, maybe the focus should be on companies that
don’t pay tax and people who don’t pay tax as the first step. I would call that socialized medicine. Government provides that care. Government pays for the care it’s paid for
through taxes. Everybody’s covered the same. To me that sounds like socialized medicine. The term socialized medicine has become a
political football, especially in the United States. The NHS is socialized medicine. It’s great. And we hear this term mainly coming from the
US where it’s used as a as scaremongering. I would say if the NHS is socialized medicine,
we like it and most people are still very, very supportive of the concept of of of a
national health service. Each of the u.k.’s four constituent countries
have their own branch of the NHS, so rules differ slightly between them. But all of the branches operate under the
purview of the U.K. parliament. There are some services that require patients
to pay something out of pocket, such as dental, eye care and certain prescription drugs. But those fees are low compared to the U.S.
and vary by NHS branch. By one estimate from a data analytics firm,
prescription drugs cost 57 percent less in the U.K. than they do in the U.S. Unlike with
other universal health care systems that are only publicly funded, the government also
runs the NHS. That means doctors that work in public NHS
facilities are employees of the government. Most Britons receive their primary care through
general practitioners who are frequently referred to as GPs. They typically act as gatekeepers for secondary
care. The problem is that people are experiencing
the moment as is taking longer to see your general practitioner. If you want to see them. Most GPs are private contractors with the
NHS. They don’t charge patients for care. Instead, they earn money directly from the
National Health Service. Many GPs negotiate contracts with the NHS
to determine how much they can charge the government for their services. GPs may fund their own general practice facilities
or they can rent them from the NHS or private companies. One paper from the Journal of the Royal Society
of Medicine found that GPs faced many issues because of how general practices are funded
in the U.K. Some GPs, I think increasingly don’t want
to take on the running of business aspects of general practice, and so there are lots
of GPs who are salaried partners, so they are paid by the practice to come in and work
as a GP, but they don’t do any of the business side of this stuff. There’s also a private sector in the u.k.’s
health care system. It’s funded from a combination of out-of-pocket
payments, private health insurance and the NHS itself. The private sector is growing because is being
consciously promoted by government and the boundaries being blurred. But I think the private health care has been
growing at a very rapid, steady pace in the United Kingdom for the course of several decades. That’s going to continue. That’s Nile Gardiner. He’s the director of the Thatcher Center for
Freedom at the Heritage Foundation. With regard to the National Health Service,
I mean, there’s no there’s no sign at this stage that the U.K. will be moving to a different
system to the National Health Service. All British parties all committed to the National
Health Service. I think that’s more or more Britons will be
opting for private healthcare in the coming years and decades, not least because there
are long waiting lists with regard to the National Health Service. And analysis from the London School of Economics
found that in the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year, NHS England spent around 18 percent of its
total expenditure on the independent sector. There’s been a blurring of the boundaries,
if you like. For example, cataract surgery is the most
common operation done under the NHS. Increasingly, it’s being provided in the independent
sector and the NHS, as has contracts with the independent sector to do that work. There are implications in terms of staffing. Private sector doesn’t train its own staff,
it takes it from the NHS. It cherry picks, takes the low risk patients,
not the high risk patients. It has an impact on training NHS staff and
this is one of the problems with cataract surgery. If they’re all going to the private sector,
hospitals and the NHS staff don’t become experienced in doing cataract surgery. And then along the line you find it’s more
difficult to staff your NHS unit. So it’s not without negative consequence. And we are paying private companies increasingly
to do work for the NHS, including American companies. And they’re very well established now, particularly
in the back office functions and providing advice on commissioning support, this kind
of thing. They’re very involved and unfortunately that’s
likely to increase and something which campaigners are extremely worried about. I don’t think anyone really believed that
U.K. voters would decide to Brexit. The news that the United Kingdom voted to
leave the European Union shocked the world. The NHS was a big part of the Brexit media
discourse, with the Leave campaign famously claiming that the U.K. would take back 350
million pounds a week that could then be funneled into the NHS. The U.K. Statistics Authority has since said
that the claim is a quote, clear misuse of official statistics. My name is Holly Jarman. I’m an assistant professor in the Department
of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. Those promises really did hit home for a lot
of people. The idea that money would come back from Europe
to the U.K. was a very powerful symbol. It’s not actually true. That wasn’t really how EU financing works,
but we still saw that that was a big part of the media discourse and most likely part
of people’s judgment when they were casting their vote. The U.K. officially left the EU three years
after the original Brexit vote. Entering a transitory period through the end
of 2020, while the U.K. government negotiates international trade deals, the concerns about
private American corporations engaging more with the NHS came up during the discussion
of the post-Brexit trade talks with the United States. When you’re dealing in trade, everything’s
on the table, so NHS or anything else are a lot a lot more than that. Backlash to President Trump’s comments on
the NHS led to many British politicians assuring their constituents that the NHS was not going
to be a part of the trade talks. The NHS is in no way on the table. President Trump and backtracked on his comments,
saying he wouldn’t consider the NHS as part of the trade deal. A lot of trade negotiations are actually quite
secretive by nature. The two sides don’t really want to reveal
a lot about what they’re looking for in a deal. Our concern really as health researchers is
that the NHS really won’t be accounted for in that deal, that the U.K. government’s preferences
have been shown to be largely economic and not so much on the focusing on the health
of people in Britain. The problem is that the NHS is is already
on the table. It has been for a while. The politicians who are now going to be negotiating
the trade deals, you know, it’s going to be across many fronts. Campaigners were saying, okay, put your money
where your mouth is. If if you’re saying the NHS won’t be in a
trade deal, then let’s see legislation that sets that out says cast in stone. And they haven’t rushed to do that. Trade negotiations, cover everything at once. And it’s difficult to tell how they are going
to be pushing for the liberalisation of drug regulations and to what extent the Johnson
cabinet would actually agree with any changes that would be proposed to the way the U.K.
regulates pharmaceuticals. It’s really a central government led process. That’s not that democratic and does represent
big business. And I think that’s why a lot of people get
very concerned and anxious around trade agreements. There are some who say the NHS won’t be harmed
by Brexit, even in the event a trade deal with the EU isn’t reached by the end of the
year. I don’t expect that we’re going to see huge
changes actually in the Brexit era with regard to the to the National Health Service. And so I think with with regard to the NHS,
we’re not likely to see a significant impact as a result of of Brexit. I think the free trade deal will be largely
focused upon the service industry, which of course is now the largest part of both the
US and British economies. Whatever effect the trade deals end up having
on the U.K., reforming the NHS will continue to be a big part of the country’s political
conversation. People’s support for the NHS in the U.K. is
very strong. There’s no other country that when we hosted
the Olympics in London, we had nurses jumping on beds and the NHS was actually a part of
that ceremony and a part of that national celebration. The U.K.’s NHS is very important in British
politics. It’s an important symbol of Britishness in
that context.

100 thoughts on “How The United Kingdom’s Health-Care System Works

  1. UK citizen here. DO NOT socialize your medicine any further than you have, America. It's like joining the mafia…there is no way out.

  2. US health care system is like a hot video game that just got released by EA

  3. For those wondering the NHS covers all levels of health care including dental care, prescriptions, life saving treat sent, ambulance rides.

  4. UK population is 67 million. The US population is 328 million. The US have 500 times the population.
    And they tax you a lot in the UK. You can pay upwards of 12% in national Insurance taxes.
    These videos about how (insert country) health care vs the US, seems like propaganda.

  5. No mention of the 60.000 surgeries that were cancelled several weeks ago.

  6. I don't think we should look to save money in exchange for a worse healthcare system.
    Life expectancy is unreliable as lifestyle choices influence it much more than quality of healthcare. Infant mortality isn't representative of healthcare quality because the United States deem premature deaths to count towards this too.

    The UK's NHS has been suffering from unsatisfactory working conditions leading to hospitals being understaffed and, in turn, increasing waiting times for any treatment considerably, with thousands waiting years for specialised operations to be done and most hospital emergency departments not meeting an already very long 4 hour window for patients to be discharged or referred from the time they come in.

    The decision for medicare for all would not be based on how good you want your healthcare provided to be, but purely on how much you would want to pay. Anyone would be more satisfied with a mediocre but free service than a much better but also more expensive one.

  7. united kingdom is like a quarter the size of the United States, and the United States has more experienced doctors. We lead in health care research, successful organ transplants, and successful life-threatening surgeries. Communist healthcare is not better!

  8. It totally ignores the large private health care system in the UK. The wealthy can go elsewhere. The public system is failing. And taxes are huge.

  9. the comparison between US AND UK Health is like comparing Apples and Oranges! incomparable.

  10. Medicare for all would save lives and prevent people from going bankrupt

  11. As a British citizen, I'm very proud of the NHS. That's why whenever I hear a politician say they want to privatise the NHS I vote for whoever is running against them. Keep your slimy private hands off the NHS! Especially if they from the US we all know what they are like.

  12. The UK cannot afford a US health system. I worked in private health in the UK. The private insurance system was going bust after the war. The NHS effectively subsidized private health by doing all the non-profitable elements

  13. This is not the total truth they have left out the most important parts like some don't get care due to age or they are deemed not worth care long waiting periods and other problems they are leaving major stuff out. This is not good

  14. I like that they say about waiting times to see a doctor is going up in the uk, have you seen the wait times to see your actual doctor in the US? At best you can see a nurse practitioner half the time.

  15. the UK population is 60 million the US is 330 million you can't really compare the two countries

  16. To answer the question, simple, yes, the uk spends half for BARELY BETTER health for citizens but the USA has 5 times the population. You CANT compare the UK system to the USA

  17. Don't get me wrong there are many issues with the NHS that successive governments have not addressed. However no one in the UK goes bankrupt for getting sick. No one is refused treatment because they can't pay and because we have such a huge collective buying power we are not held ransom by big pharma. With the amount of money the US government spends ALREADY per citizen on heath the US could have the most wonderful, state of the art, world leading free health service. Madness.

  18. Most Americans Think they have the best health care system in the world because they are unaware of better systems used in other develop countries: higher in quality accessible to 100% of the population cheaper for the government to run and no insurance companies involved…why feed this insurance middle men when you already pay your taxes hey?

  19. American doctors commit suicide at a higher rate than American soldiers. Something must be working.

  20. How does the Japanese Health Care system work? Nearly every stat you showed had them at the best rate.

  21. What CNBC says : "Health care system in the Europe", what US viewer hears : "Communism!"

  22. it doesnt work well at all. Im from UK and if you skim your knee or need prescription drugs its not so bad, but if you get cancer shot or hit by a car. good luck. wanna wait 6 days to get an appointment when you need a doctors note for work in 2? wanna wait 6 months for a life saving procedure? give the nhs a go.

    and with new improved with the open borders, its never been easier to give free healthcare a try. even if you've never paid taxes into the system, just show up, its easy.

    no wonder its being privatized and is collapsing. speak to any nhs nurse or doctor. nhs is destroyed.

  23. Wow..interesting to know how healthcare works OUTSIDE of the EU #shotsfired

  24. This did not do what is said on the tin, how the NHS works, lets bash Sanders and then a long talk about breaxit, and trade deals, not one min of how it actually works, no wonder Americans have no idea how the world works…

  25. Far left Bernie Sanders? Yeah okay. How about unbiased reporting like news outlets used to do.

  26. Bernie isn't far left. Biden and Trump, and the majority of Congress for that matter, have drifted extremely far to the right.

  27. Worst voice ever. I’m sure it’s automated. No voice modulation at all! She sounds robotic! Disliking!

  28. US pay more on healthcare but USA creates all new innovation in healthcare.

  29. The NHS will soon be on Private hands, as soon as next year people will start to pay…

  30. They want government to run the healthcare system but they can barely run the DMV. Think about that.

  31. US news= comment section open!!!
    UK news= comment section disabled!!!!

  32. I hold British and US nationality and I live in the US. Yesterday I went to a hospital for some treatment only to be told that my insurance wasn't covered there. I had to go to another facility which is highly inconvenient. I pay $1,400 per month for my health insurance with a $6,000 deductible but the coverage is awful. I really hope Britain does not follow the US model. Health care in the US is expensive and quite frankly, not very good.

  33. Far left Bernie Sanders hahaha. In Europe he would be considered centre right XD

  34. This is slightly misinformed in that a lot of doctors work for both the private sector, and the NHS (which invalidates his experience point)

  35. I recognize that it might be hard to make single-payer a reality in the US, but you should just be aware that having one government insurance plan but zero public hospitals isn’t Socialism. It’s not even Social Democracy. It’s Social Liberalism.

    I mean, does Bernie’s plan even address the over-diagnosing and over-treatment problem with American hospitals?

  36. Very similar system to that in Canada and Costa Rica. And all 3 are similarly better than the US health care system. + a majority in all 3 countries would absolutely not exchange for an American type of health care. Whether you call it socialist, people come first, people considered more important than profit, all should have equal access, just like to fireman, fire rescue, police, army, etc… all run by government… Are they socialist programs? I don't think so!! The U.S. is once again behind, just at it has been with slavery, racism, etc… So many citizens vote to lower taxes at all costs in the USA even though it's only the multi-millionaires and billionaires that gain anything by that thinking, the rest get shorter Lives, less Liberty, and a disappearing sense for the majority of the US population that Happiness can be pursued. The great thing about the American Founding Fathers was their ability to think for themselves, to be free in their minds. Unlike today when most of the US population are sheep, not convinced by reason, true facts, and real liberty, but rather at least a third (⅓) of the American population respond emotionally to code "words", used to scare the people, the voters, such as the word 'socialism' (like a person who clicks like a chicken after being hypnotised) and deep deep voter marketing (turning voters with the liberty to choose, into automatons, in other words: tobots (and dumb robots at that!)
    God help us!
    (Or, whatever it is you might believe in, or not, come to our aid, quick!)

    Good luck! Have a nice day everyone!

  37. When the UK runs out of money mid 2021, then it will become a insurance based system,, when the jobs are gone then the people cannot pay and the problems with the lack of Nurses will be fixed, only those high skilled people will have a job and can pay, the rich dont care they just pay and get tax cuts, the people in the UK voted for this, no jobs for low skilled people other than at the manor, it will become like in the Old days, upstairs and Downstairs, average low skilled payment for a day is under WTO 2,70 £ a day, if skilled maybe 10 £, it will all bring lower tax for the government and then the NHS will become private like the US, drug prices will also be the same when the government remove subsidies, but hey the british people like this so be it…

  38. Healthcare is just another part of the American business model. America is a corporation not a country, if less was spent on defence budgets then it might actually have one of the best healthcare systems in the western world, but it’s one of the worst.

  39. lets see how well they treat coronavirus before judging their current system

  40. £350m (it was slightly more than that) per week is what the United Kingdom paid in to the EU. Some people, Professor Jarmin for instance, have no idea how the EU budget operates. A lot of people confuse the NHS, the organisation, and provision of services and drugs to the NHS. The organisation itself is not up for sale, but provision of services and market access to our pharmaceutical sector can be. Jeremy Corbyn tried to fool people with a 'leaked' document saying that the NHS, the organisation, was in danger if we did a deal with the Americans – turns out that the document did not support his claim…
    In the United Kingdom it was the left of centre, as it was back then, Labour Party that did more to open the NHS up to privatisation than the right of centre Conservatives who are making it a law to provide regular funding to the NHS.

  41. Seriously? Sanders- Far Left? Have you looked at politics in other countries? He could run as a moderate in many countries!

  42. Recently spent 7 days in a British hospital with a collapsed lung.
    The only cost i paid was the £8 for the medicine they suggested i take when i left. Wonder how much it would of cost me in America.

  43. There is no debate here. Everyone loves the NHS, even if they think it can be improved. The only difference is whether you believe the Conservatives are attempting to privatise the system, or whether you don't.

  44. Let me just fill a few things in as I live in the uk.
    I pay £218 a month national insurance so it's not free.
    Also citizens from the EU also come over here to use it free of charge as we was part of the EU a bill we had to pay the bill for.
    Alot of people take the NHS for a ride using it when they don't need some of which don't pay a penny for.
    Our GP is a joke, you can't ever get an appointment.
    9 times out of 10 you have to travel miles to a walk in center and wait up to 5 hrs just to get antibiotics.
    It's not that great waiting times for everything are horrendous.
    Oh and to set the record straight no one said anything about any number of money going to the NHS because not Brexit.
    What was actually said "we send 350million to the EU per week let's find our NHS"
    Yes the NHS has more money now but no there was never a set amount and no the NHS was never for sale!

  45. People are delusional if they think Bernie can pull off free health care. The healthcare system in the US is a machine, it will take more than 1 presidency to disturb it. Let say you can tax people enough to provide it, what about infrastructure? You think people will not attend doctors more often? What about hospitals? Some doctors didn't like taking Obama care, imagine this. What are you gonna do? Force hospitals to take the government insurance at gun point? There are so many things that need to be thought of before even asking how much is gonna cost.

  46. I see no problem with having a national health system in America. Just take it out my check like with SS and Medicare. Also stop calling Medicare an entitlement program it's not.

  47. The problem is big government and crony capitalism to begin with. There is little to no competition out there in the health insurance and healthcare industry. Do we honestly believe it was any coincidence that health insurance companies saw record profits after the ACA (Obamacare) was passed? Who do you think write all these laws? These companies write the laws that raise the barriers to entry for competition and keep prices high so they can get record profits. It's all a giant sham. We want real competition and a free market. Pushing us into a socialized medical system is utter stupidity. We all lose. The simple economics of supply and demand have reared their ugly heads in all these socialized medical systems. Go wait 3-6 months in Canada or the UK to see a GP alone.

  48. If. Bernie becomes President, doctors will quit from ALL the overload of free patients.

  49. I think americains mistake socialist reforms with communist reforms. If any americain is that dumb to prioritise guns over healthcare then let me know.

  50. I really don't get how it is hard for people to understand that the US is the 3rd largest country in the world and the most diverse. A healthcare system where we pay in taxes will never work, as it would be far too expensive and would be a huge burden on the middle class. We have a precedent of personal freedom and responsibility, and we like that. We get healthcare as compensation for working. If you don't work, then you don't get as good as healthcare, therefore incentivizing more productive citizens.

    Nobody dies in the US due to lack of healthcare. We have medicaid for poor people and the ER is free. On top of this, the US is by far the best healthcare system in technology and technique. We have the best equipment, the best physicians, and the best nurses. Please, see for yourself. Go to a hospital in Michigan, then go across the river and check out a hospital in Ontario. There is a clear difference. There is also a reason that UK, Canadian, and other country's citizens come to the US for care; it is the best, especially for serious conditions that the NHS doesn't have the resources for because there are reliant on taxes, instead of a how successful they are as an entity.

  51. The NHS serves a purpose of contributing to the pacification of the less well off to prevent them from killing the rich. It is an equaliser as is free education and it's just as well for social stability that it exists.

  52. The USA should start a American Health Service. It would be the AHS of America. Get it….?

  53. The narrator is way too monotone. Does she not have emotions? Made an interesting video boring.

  54. "far left Bernie Sandiers"
    MSM insist on putting far/radical left on Bernie to make the brain dead democrat voters to be scared of Bernie. If Senile Joe Biden beat Bernie and lose to Trump. Every single last one of these liberal MSM media personalities and commentators who supported Biden need to commit suicide, apologise to the rest of the world for helping Trump get re-elected with your death.

  55. they promised they say they won't take the help from the disabled know they're going to backstabbers the disable forced to work disable go with out and die in The Streets working class don't realise the hospitals and not for you for the rich

  56. The irony is the NHS was set up on the back of funding from the US Marshall plan. Personally I think the US should start with a subsiding GP visits and medications. They could grow the scheme from there.

  57. I am British and as capitalist/right-wing as someone can reasonably be, but healthcare is probably the most basic necessity as anything should be (sitting alongside education, fire services etc. for example) so should be provided by the Government and funded by taxes. The NHS is far from perfect but I am glad that anyone no matter what income and background you come from can rely on this service.

  58. 1. If you take out gun deaths and car accidents, our life expectancy is much higher
    2. Our population is more diverse meaning chronic illnesses that are prevalent in the lack community like diabetes, heart disease, etc are at play more so than UK
    3. Drugs here are more costly because price controls abroad cause pharma companies to jack up prices here to make money yet we have the most number of new drug innovations of any country
    4. Wait times and even rationing care are becoming big problems with health care in UK, Canada, and other more socialized medicine countries

  59. I have never understood how Americans say they live in the greatest country in the world when people actually call Uber instead of an ambulance when they are sick, and one can literally go bankrupt just to pay medical bills… Y'all need Jesus

  60. It still baffles me how the US Healthcare System is so… expensive when a significant amount of countries around the world have a stable/free healthcare system.

  61. i have an idea,
    restructure the president requirement. someone in their 40s, two terms max, and someone not close to death.

  62. There is no public debate in the UK about the future of the NHS re privatisation. A politician that even suggests privatising healthcare loses their job very quickly. There's debate over how to use the powers of the NHS, with regards to bargaining lower prices and the structure of the NHS, such as clinical care groups etc. Never privatisation though. People are scared that there are secret intentions to do it, such as when PFIs were introduced in the late 90s, but people would never accept a privatised NHS. It's a huge employer, provides massive benefits to the community, and has become a part of the national identity. A publically-owned NHS is as much a part as the British identity as tea and crumpets!

  63. If anyone here hates the NHS just know at the age of 9 and 10 the NHS saved my life for no upfront cost. I was almost dead when I walked in barely able to breath because of my severe athsma. You Americans can shove the term "socialised medicine" up your own ass. Come on just vote for Bernie Sanders America. Come on!

  64. I do love how getting a common checkup is the same price as cancer treatment.

  65. Any treatment for any reason. No exclusions. No disqualifications. No one going through your 'wallet' to see if you can afford it. Why can that possibly be considered a bad thing?
    It's really quite a simple concept. Life and health before profit. A healthy society, living longer to be more productive etc etc.
    You pay reasonable taxes to the government who, in return promise to make sure that you have access to excellent doctors, nurses, hospitals, equipment and medicines as and when they're needed. It's not a perfect system, there there is always room for improvement in all areas, but it is the inalienable right of every UK citizen and the social contract between the British government and it's people that we have the NHS and It's our system.
    As with any free society, if one does not like the idea of a national health system, then there is always the private route, though you'll still use much of the NHS systems, equipment and hospitals etc as there is plenty of cross over. Even though one might choose the private route, one will still have the civic duty to pay taxes, part of which will go toward the NHS – every one wins.
    So why is it such a bone-of-contention? Why is it attacked by US politicians as a bad thing? They use terms like 'socialised' healthcare in the same context as Socialist (read communist). This is not some 'central committee' styled system of the 50's but a modern efficient cost effective (could do with more funding) healthcare system.
    It's founder, Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan was a labour stalwart and though a socialist, I don't think he would recognise the 'socialism' that the United States claims to be at the heart of our NHS.
    As a last point….it's not so socialised that the United States would leave it out of any future negociations regarding a trade deal: after all, its worth approximately £134 billion!

  66. In Malaysia we pay RM1 for outpatient, free if you're student/gov servant. RM5 for specialist clinic, including medication. And our government hospital are on par with private hospital, better in certain speciality.

  67. What about the doctors? Are they cool with a government salary? No private practice? Have you seen how American government works act at work?

  68. USA has always put self over others. USA has always put Profit over People. USA has always preferred paying less tax to better care. USA has the richest but also the most tragic homeless. It is just an incredibly narcissistic country, heartless. It's needy and poor lag behind other highly developed nations needy and poor by about 50-70 years. All for the profit! As long as i'm doing well i'll wipe the soles of my shoes clean with the heads of others. What an adage to live by! Applause for thyselves for being such badasses. Really cool I have to say! Never mind you guys never leave your country, get no paid maternity leave and barely any vacation! as long as you don't pay taxes it's ok! Whenever the thought of paying something for someone else sickens you to your core you know: USA is the place to go! Yeeeehaw

  69. Looking at averages is also very misleading. What would you rather have: average citizen life expectancy to be between 70-90 or 60-100? should the less fortunate really live a life of terror and horror? I get that to enable the american dream people have to be able to reach incredible lows- otherwise the succes story wouldn't be as grand but you'd say rationalizing selfishness like that should leave a bitter taste, no?

  70. Everyone in the UK pays for NHS insurance in taxes plus private insurance and copays. The US has no idea how cheap and good they have it to only have to pay private insurance. It's like people don't actually hear what is being said in the video.

  71. The baby deaths in america are different cause they count baby who were born very very early while in other countries they dont count them as a baby but just a miscarriage

  72. – UK: It costs half the price and people are healthier.
    – US: But it has the word *socialist*!

  73. Slight thing. If you have a pre existing condition (e.g. type 1 diabetes) you are entitled to free prescriptions to maintain your health. However if you go for a luxury variant e.g. a chip on your arm for blood sugars, you may be expected to pay. There is a list of which is and is not covered. Even if it isn’t, it’s still generally cheaper as the Nhs has the power to bulk buy.

  74. It’s so sad that the nhs is being slowly taken away it makes no sense that we see the US healthcare system and want to follow it because the conservatives are secretly privatising it

  75. NHS is getting worse. I am a physician and after my mother's bad experience which I could write a treatise about. I have negative views about this.You have to pay for your medications though. This is a biased puff piecr

  76. CNBC you are horribly wrong about this. The working class pays a lot outside their taxes in the UK to healthcare. Basically approximately 5-10% of your wage goes to healthcare ontop of your income taxes which are either 20% or 40% depending on your income.

    In canada, everyone pays the same regularly as some sort of national insurance which goes into funding healthcare.

    Dental is not free in the UK.

    Stop spreading misinformation. The british do pay for the healthcare, they just do it in a much more affordable way. That does not make the UK free from fault from my experience as many people such as myself have suffered working for 3rd parties that supply NHS because they can abuse their staff and perform fraud and get away with it since there is no requirement to audit and regulate these 3rd parties that can do anything they want.

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