"We've lived through this mistake for 60 years now."
I think the NHS is fundamentally wrong.
"Err, it began with the best of intentions, it began because people thought it was wrong for... those who weren't well off.. n.. n.. couldn't afford the best of health care to be treated differently.."
Well, it began because poorer people were dying and suffering unnecessarily. That would have happened to me a few years ago as I was involved in a road accident (asleep on the back seat of my mate's car) and suffered a brain injury/stroke, broken bones. I am glad I was not left on the road to die because I didn't have private medical insurance...
"..and everyone felt that this is kind of.. a nice togetherness, solidarity thing.."
and everybody realised after World War II, that in the end we are all equals...?
".. if.. we all take part in this experiment..."
.. if we have health care free at the point of use (stupid "socialist" idea)..
".. but the reality is, it hasn't worked,.."
.. its making the wrong types of people better,.
".. it has made people iller.."
.. it meant that they actually *still bother* to measure morbidity in poorer folk, wasting our "tax dollars" ..
".. we spend alot of money, we get very baaaad results ..."
.. its making the wrong types of people better ...
".. you look at survival rates for cancer or heart disease, we are well down on all on all the leagues, we have very few doctors, err.."
Then we find out that the figures are for "cancers diagnosed more than 10 years ago".
Very selective reading Mr Hannan. :)
Cancer Research UK (who I daresay know a little bit about cancer, and research) have figures suggesting that a major cause of death from cancer is deprivation:
"Having identified the gap in survival between the most affluent and most deprived, an estimate was made of the number of avoidable deaths. Among 682,350 adults of known deprivation status who were diagnosed with one of the 20 cancers analysed in England and Wales during 1996-1999, there were 3,200 avoidable deaths a year. "