Sunday, June 08, 2008

Britain's inhumane health service

It has been reported in the Times that the medical establishment is in revolt against denial of NHS treatment to patients who pay privately for cancer medicines. This follows several recent cases of cancer patients who have tried to purchase life saving drugs that were not available on the NHS. Some have since died. Britain has one of the worst survival rates in Europe for cancer. Many life saving drugs that are freely available in other European countries are not available on the NHS.

But hold on a second, isn't our national health service supposed to be morally superior to America's 'private' system (so private in fact, that 45% of healthcare is paid for by the US Government)? The latest NHS scandal has killed this myth once and for all.

It seems to me that the NHS is driven more by petty class hatred rather than by any desire for universal health coverage. This latest scandal is yet another story that is likely to infuriate Britain's already overburdened taxpayers.