How The United Kingdom's Health-Care System Works

Mar 6, 2020
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As politicians in the US debate the best health-care policies to replace the current system, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service enjoys huge support from the vast majority of Britons. Despite the high reports of satisfaction with system, many in the UK are calling for reform of the NHS, especially following the UK’s departure from the European Union. Here’s how the NHS works and what reforms may be coming.
CORRECTION (March 6, 2020): At 9:20, a video graphic misspelled the name of Holly Jarman, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan.
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How The United Kingdom's Health-Care System Works

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  • How is Bernie far-left? His policies aren’t that radical

    Darragh MurphyDarragh Murphy19 hours ago
  • Imagine paying for healthcare

    AkinAkinDay ago
  • I forgot to add extortion by the drug companies. You’ll like that too. Put the privatizes in the bottom of the broad street well.

    Don McKechnieDon McKechnieDay ago
  • UK, try the American system and ya get excessive profits of insurance companies, highly paid executives that can’t read an insurance breakdown. Incomprehensible billing system, shorter life spans, more dead infants. You’ll love it.

    Don McKechnieDon McKechnieDay ago
  • Bernie on the world scale is barely on the left

    Consistently InconsistentConsistently InconsistentDay ago
  • USA robs it's own citizens

    Z AbdZ AbdDay ago
  • USA is a corporation. It may be the richest but it doesn't treat its citizens right

    Z AbdZ AbdDay ago
  • That "prescriptions cost 57% less" statistic is a little misleading. That is the wholesale cost as the UK NHS is able to demand discounts from the manufacturers due to there being just one single buyer. In practice, only 20% of people in England pay anything for prescriptions (£9.15 per item regardless of the actual cost of the medicine) and all are free in Scotland, Wales & NI.

    Bob SmithBob Smith2 days ago
  • Poor journalism.

    barryhall7barryhall73 days ago
  • Bruh I hate the US I'm trying to move to the UK.

    Tai ButlerTai Butler3 days ago
  • At this point i wouldnt be surprised if Americans think breathing shouldnt be free because its Socialist for anything to be free...

    Fair CriticismFair Criticism3 days ago
  • It baffles me that America thinks fighting for basic human rights is a “radical” “far left” idea 😩

    Aki FujikawaAki Fujikawa5 days ago
  • Think of it this way, i broke my leg when i was younger, went into A&E, got out a few hours later without even having to pay anything, for getting things like an X-Ray, my pot for my leg and checkups to see how my leg was, maybe a month or two later, my leg healed, felt fine and didn't even pay a penny, if this had happened to me in the US it would have made my family go broke.

    switstrike123switstrike1235 days ago
  • Everybody is clapping for the NHS and I’m proud to be British

    Healthyalex87356RobloxHealthyalex87356Roblox5 days ago
  • "Far Left Bernie Sanders" Literally everywhere else in the western world this guy would be considered centrist

    OculentOculent6 days ago
  • Why are so many Americans mad about how NHS is in the U.K. it’s not all Americans but probably the trump supporting ones lmao

    digga deedigga dee6 days ago
  • The first time I heard about the shocking truth of american healthcare was when I was diagnosed with a long term illness....I spoke to people who spent tens of thousands on healthcare in US. I spend £0 on healthcare...£0! People pay around 0.25 pence in the £ towards tax...yout tax pays for your health care, education, etc etc.... The current party is reducing the nhs and people have no idea that americans pay soooo much! We had the chance to elect our very own "bernie" and we lost to the wealthy and media....dont be like britain....

    julia cosgrovejulia cosgrove6 days ago
  • Bernie is right!!

    julia cosgrovejulia cosgrove6 days ago
  • I’d rather my taxes go to making sure that people I will never meet, do not die needlessly, than funding new weapons of war

    JamioJamio8 days ago
  • Imagine being forced to pay to stay alive

    John WallJohn Wall8 days ago
  • I suffered from severe mental illness. Eventually I had to go into a mental health ward for a few weeks while I got assessed. I got discharged with a care plan that includes me seeing not one but two Clinical Psychologists both of which are Doctors in that field and one of them is also a consultant, the best you can get. All on the NHS. It has transformed my life drastically for the good. Now someone please tell me how much money I would have had to pay (I wouldn't be able to) to see just one clinical psychologist privately nevermind two? I guarantee it would far outweigh how much money I have had paid in tax

    Gary PGary P10 days ago
  • I'm lucky to be in the UK bluddy hell

    Daniel. axpDaniel. axp10 days ago
  • We have much heard for top excellent system in UK,may we compair the comparision of hospitalization and diagnostic capabilities in USA,Germany,UK and lastly with developing countries like india. How much our India health care system rated in world community and with developed countries like USA and UK. Over and above ,There is high level Appreciation and scientific era of dealing in Germany. Do Germany in mode of surpassing? If take India,what further efforts are needed to bring India in reasonable level of medical infrastructure? Regarding more correct diagnostic skill which country is top order?

    sanjay .ksanjay .k11 days ago
  • Apparently Social Democrats are "far-left". This is news to me. Welp guys, half of the world's parties are far-left. Communism is on the horizon.

    Marcus ThorsenMarcus Thorsen14 days ago
  • America, where everyone has the right to bear arms. America, where people don't have the right to healthcare. Seems a bit topsy-turvey to the rest of us.

    keithgnieldkeithgnield15 days ago
  • DO YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS DO YOU HAVE ANY RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS.. . DO YOU HAVE ANY HEALTH PROBLEMS DO YOU NEED HELP TO BOOST YOU FINANCIALLY, DO YOU WANT THAT DREAM JOB OR PROMOTION. WORRY NO MORE. I CAN RECOMMEND SOMEONE WHO HELPED ME WITH THIS PROCESS AND IT WORKS.

    Louis MarieLouis Marie15 days ago
    • @jeep23862 no worries

      Louis MarieLouis Marie15 days ago
    • In answer to you question:- NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. AND I'm not worrying.

      jeep23862jeep2386215 days ago
  • Every country US. is comparing itself to is cheaper to run and free or almost free at the point of use.

    Thomas NielsenThomas Nielsen16 days ago
  • Not to mention that depending on your circumstances, you may not have to pay those fees either. For prescriptions for those in England that have to pay, you can take out a Prescription Pre-payment Certificate which covers the vast majority of prescriptions for three months for about £30 or 12 months for £105. So even if you only need 2 prescriptions a month, over 3 months you'll save £20+ or over 12 months, over £110.

    Sven LmSven Lm16 days ago
  • The British Health system . How does it works? WELL IT DOES NOT WORKS or not all the time... IF I COULD GET BACK MY EX HUSBANDS US HEALTH INSURANCE PRIVATE FROM HIS COMPANY I WOULD NEVER EVEN GO PASS BY OR BATHER TO GO PASS BY ANY OF THE NON OF THE UKS OR ANY OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES FREE HEALTHCARE

    Elizabeth nilssonElizabeth nilsson16 days ago
    • LOL, That as got to be the stupidest comment I've read on YT.

      jeep23862jeep2386215 days ago
  • The NHS is beloved by the majority of the British people which is no party no matter how left or right they are would even dare bring up the notion of getting rid of it since it would be political suicide

    Shuaib HussainShuaib Hussain17 days ago
  • Crazy

    drew reynoldsdrew reynolds17 days ago
  • *The NHS is not funded by taxes it is funded by a National Insurance scheme. Are the US insurance schemes for health referred to as taxes?*

    Pug NaciousPug Nacious17 days ago
    • @jeep23862 I Quote "...The National Insurance Funds are used to pay for certain types of welfare expenditure and National Insurance payments cannot be used directly to fund general government spending. However, any surplus in the funds is invested in government securities, and so is effectively lent to the government at low rates of interest. National Insurance contributions are paid into the various National Insurance Funds after deduction of monies specifically allocated to the National Health Services (NHS). However a small percentage is transferred from the funds to the NHS from certain of the smaller sub-classes. Thus the four NHS organisations are partially funded from NI contributions but not from the NI Fund..."

      Pug NaciousPug Nacious15 days ago
    • If you are not a UK citizen then you are forgiven. If you are a UK citizen you should be ashamed of your own ignorance. The NHS is paid out of general taxation NOT National Insurance. NI is used to fund certain social benefits but mainly the state pension.

      jeep23862jeep2386215 days ago
  • UK born and bred. The NHS has its good points and bad. Firstly, the actual premise works very well and almost everyone here on both sides of the house support it in theory. However, services are often poor. Waiting times take way too long and it can be very difficult to get a referral to a specialist. It is also a money pit, it costs the taxpayer an insane amount of money and lots of people take a lot out and put nothing in. Finally, it is treated like an idol. Especially during coronavirus, people now make and display posters celebrating the NHS, they go outside and applaud it once a week. It's moving beyond reasonable criticism. In my view, it needs severely reforming and stripping back of its bureaucracy, and access from immigrants needs to be looked at.

    FuuuckOffffFuuuckOffff18 days ago
  • I've had Cataract surgery, if I hadn't I would be blind right now. Thank God for the NHS and thank God I didn't have to pay for it.

    Darksider95Darksider9518 days ago
  • it's crazy uskeys.net/watch/Js-DcGZPeZU-video.html

    Info ProviderInfo Provider18 days ago
  • Tax avoidance is a MASSIVE problem.

    EdgyNumber1EdgyNumber119 days ago
  • How the heck is Bernie far left

    ༺DIO༻༺DIO༻21 day ago
  • The sad part is that I watched a recent study and like 70% of Americans interviewed (key point here) they didn't want to change a thing. Even when presented with evidence that they could pay less, more people would benefit and just a better system they were happy to continue going private. I think they've been brain washed or something. Their logic was that you need to find a good job with benefits in order to get good health coverage. I could be homeless in the UK and receive the same treatment as someone fully employed. That's civilised. No wonder they all judge each other and are so divided.

    Aphex51Aphex5121 day ago
  • The NHS did nothing for me when I developed venous leg ulcers at age 49 due to them misdiagnosing a bloodclot in my leg, aged 36, caused through the contraceptive pill. They 'just managed' my ulcers with compression for 7 years. My quality of life was horrible, considering I was a very active runner. I discovered that the NHS was sitting on a potential cure but I had to fight to get referred. I eventually got the procedure which they botched. I stumbled upon professor who pioneered better treatment to for venous leg ulcers, has his own clinics in the UK and has opened his own college of Phlebology to train Phlebologists (veins only specialists) because our UK NHS does not have them, they only have Vascular Surgeons who mainly concentrate on arteries. I had 3 procedures at his London clinic 2 years ago and I was healed within 3 months after 7 years of suffering, wihout any compression, pills, potions or creams. I have paid my taxes for 40 years but still had to pay £6 thousand for my treatment. If I had continued to allow the NHS to manage my care I would have been unable to work and been partially disabled. Best thing I ever did. I am however still appreciative of the emergency care the NHS provides.

    Eve OakleyEve Oakley22 days ago
  • The NHS in not free, it’s paid for through taxes. In the U.K. we have problems as the NHS is owed millions through health tourism. Many argue it has far too managers and it is badly managed and those in the U.K. who pay for private treatment are not entitled to a refund.

    G GG G23 days ago
  • I think they kind of missed the point with this, I mean they didn't even cover Japan or Germany. I'm British but Germany's healthcare is so much better than the UK.

    Audio AloudAudio Aloud23 days ago
  • Still baffled how it is possible that Joe ''shat for brains'' Biden is the Democratic nominee. It is so bizar that one would expect foul play.

    Why Why Why Why Joe 'Groper' BidenWhy Why Why Why Joe 'Groper' Biden23 days ago
  • “The only black mark on the NHS is its poor record of keeping people alive”

    Kale HKale H24 days ago
  • NHS - made by a Welshman.

    melysmelys24 days ago
  • the thing is... it doesnt work at all

    PowderPowder25 days ago
  • america is a business, not a country

    SRGSRG26 days ago
  • I see some people (this comment is really @Crom) that feel strongly about the healthcare system in the US. As a Brit who has lived in the US, I feel strongly too and I'd like to bring some numbers to the table to explain the differences between the two systems that others have pointed out in this thread. I've include referenced statistics were possible and the most up-to-date sources available are typically from 2017 to 2020 so please accept some year-to-year variation in the numbers I quote. Let's start with the financial side. I'll start by explaining how much an individual pays in tax per year in the UK. In 2019 the average annual gross income in the UK was roughly £30k [1]. Out of this, an individual has to pay both income tax and national insurance (NI) to the government (there are other taxes too which vary from individual to individual but aren't relevant for a discussion about healthcare). As calculated using [2], for the tax year 2020/2021, at a gross income of £30k an individual would pay £3.5k in income tax and £2.46k in NI which in total is about 20% of their gross income. I agree with you that by only looking at the average person we don't see the full picture - not everyone receives the "average wage", many have more, many have less. To give a sense of how these taxes vary, I've included the breakdown [2] for a handful of occupations across a broad range of wages. See [3] for a breakdown of typical wages by occupation. - Waiter/Waitress, Bar staff - Gross income £16k => £700 income tax, £780 NI, £1.48k total = 9.2% of gross income - Receptionist - Gross income £20k => £1.5k income tax, £1.26k NI, £2.76k total = 13.8% of gross income - Vehicle technicion / Mechanic - Gross income of £30k => £3.5k income tax, £2.46k NI, £5.96k total = 19.9% of gross income - Architect - Gross income of £40k => £5.5k income tax, £3.66k NI, £9.16k total = 22.9% of gross income - Electrical engineer - Gross income of £50k => £7.5k income tax, £4.86k NI, £12.36k total = 24.7% of gross income - Medical practitioner - Gross income of £70k => £15.5k income tax, £5.26k NI, £20.76k total = 29.7% of gross income - CEO / Senior official - Gross income of £100k => £24.5k income tax, £5.86k NI, £30.36k total = 30.4% of gross income To get a sense of how wages are distributed, in the tax year 2017-2018 a gross income of £16k would put you in the bottom 20% of earners, £20k around the 36th percentile, £30k around the 65th percentile, £40k around the 80th percentile, £50k around the 88th percentile, £70k around the 94th percentile, and £100k in the top 3% of earners [4]. Now let's look at how much of those tax payments go toward the NHS. Income tax and NI payments from the population are spent by the government in several different public sectors such as welfare, health, state pensions, education, defence, etc. In the financial year 2017-2018, the government received a total of £316B in income taxes and NI contributions, and 20% of public sector expenditure was on health [5]. So around 20% of the tax payments made by an individual go toward the NHS. This means that in a year, our waiter/waitress earning £16k would contribute around £300, the mechanic earning £30k would contribute £1.2k and the CEO earning £100k would contribute £6.1k. I've linked (in reference [6]) letters received by actual individuals showing how the tax they paid was spent by the government in real terms. Putting the statistics together, in that year we can estimate that most people contributed less than £1k, and around 90% paid under £3k toward the NHS [2, 4, 5]. For fairness, it's important to note that public sector expenditure isn't financed solely by income tax and NI. However, in 2017-2018 a total of £145.8B was spent on health which could be covered by 46% of the income tax and NI revenue. In that sense, the cost per person of the NHS to the country as a whole was £2.2k for the year. In the UK, healthcare is free at the point of usage - it doesn't matter what the treatment is (apart from some cosmetic surgeries and dentistry). There are no fees for going to see your doctor (GP), going to the hospital / A&E (ER), or for an ambulance ride. If you see your GP and are prescribed medication, you take that signed prescription to a pharmacy and *all* prescribed medication costs the same nominal fee of £9.15 (as of 2020) [7]. It's completely free if you are under 16, are between 16-18 and in full-time education, are over 60, are pregnant or have recently had a baby, have a specified medical condition, have a disability, are an NHS inpatient, or if you are receiving income support or jobseeker's allowance [8]. If you don't meet any of those criteria and know you will need prescription medication multiple times over an extended period then you can pay a reduced amount [9]. The maximum amount you will have pay for medication per year is £105.90 [9]. With all of this in mind - let's try to compare the cost of healthcare between the US and the UK. In 2019 in the US, the average premium for health insurance for an individual employee was $7.2k of which the worker contributed $1.2k [10]. For a family of four, the cost was $20.6k of which worker contributed $6k [10]. In real terms (taking into account the relative GDP / cost of goods), as of 2019, $1k equated to around £690 [11, 12]. This means the average US individual employee paid about the same for premiums alone, as a UK worker earning £24k paid for all their healthcare costs [2]. For an average worker supporting a family of four in the US, the cost of insurance premiums is equivalent to the full family healthcare costs for a UK working earning £70k [2]. For reference, in the same year, the average US family had 1.9 children under the age of 18 [13]. In terms of the general population then, full healthcare coverage in the UK is cheaper for the majority (50%) of individuals and 94% of families of four than the cost of just insurance premiums for the average US employee [4]. Remember, these numbers are calculated using only the amounts contributed by the employee - if we take into account the full cost ($7.2k), then an average individual in the US would pay more for health insurance premiums than 95% of individuals in the UK [4] (that's equivalent to the amount of tax paid to the NHS by someone earning £80k). You can argue that considering the average American employee doesn't show the whole story, (to an extent) that is true, I'm sure there will be cases of healthy American individuals in well-paid jobs that pay less for healthcare than a Brit earning an equivalent wage, but those cases are not the majority. Remember, we aren't comparing apples-to-apples here - for UK residents this is the full cost of healthcare and it applies to *everyone* employed or otherwise - for US residents, we are talking about the cost for the average employee that *doesn't require any health care*, as soon as you need treatment and take into account copays and deductibles the cost increases. What's worse, in 2018, 28 million (8.5% of the US population) nonelderly Americans were uninsured altogether, most of which had at least one worker in their family - and only 3% of which felt they did not need coverage [14]. continued ...

    mygodimboredmygodimbored26 days ago
    • ... continued Second, I'd like to address the "quality of care" argument. I can think of two methods by which you can measure the quality of a countries health care system. The first is indirectly (through life expectancies, etc.), and the second is directly through waiting times etc. My aim here is not to say that the UK is "better" than the US in terms of quality of care or public health - as this is very subjective and difficult to measure precisely. Rather, my point is that socialised health care (adopted by the UK and many many other countries around the world) works and in general isn't inferior to the privatised model. The indirect measurements are the convolution of multiple factors including health care but also aspects that are harder to quantify (such as the availability/popularity of fast food, the amount by which the average person drives vs. walks). Nevertheless, as of 2020, the life expectancy for females/males/all is 83.23/80.22/81.77 in the UK [15] vs. 81.65/76.61/79.11 in the US [16]. The mortality rates of infants and under-fives are around 65% higher in the US than the UK [15, 16]. According to a health survey (2001-2002 in the US, 2003 in the UK), for those aged 20-64 the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes is 85% higher in the US than the UK [17]. The proportion of diabetics on ACE inhibitors (heart medication) was equivalent between the countries for those with health insurance (39%), but only 14% of those uninsured in the US received the medication [17]. For specialist appointments, waiting times are comparable with 80% (UK) and 76% (US) of people waiting under four weeks to be seen, and 7% (UK) and 6% (US) waiting for two months or more [18]. In terms of the emergency room waiting times, the US and the UK are on par with other countries that adopt socialised healthcare [19]. Third, I'll address the argument of innovation. While it is true that the US is a (if not *the*) world leader in the development of medical innovations (and the competitive "capitalist" model contributes to that), I would hesitate to attribute this prestige solely to the private nature of its healthcare system. Of the last 10 Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine, the prize-share for US-based research was 4.16 / 10, and the remaining were from countries with socialised healthcare [20]. To get an idea of the medical research output of the US vs. the rest of the world we can look at the total number of "citable documents", such a research papers, that have been published. Between 1996-2018 the US has produced 3.7M citable documents relating to medicine, this compares to 1M from the UK - in both cases the number of citations per documents is comparable indicating a similar quality/impact of the research [21]. While this might initially seem to be evidence in favour of the US model, we need to take into account that US is significantly larger than the UK - after accounting for the population (in 2018), the US has produced 11.3 citable documents / thousand people in this period, and the UK has produced 15.0. In this sense, the research output of the US is typical of many countries that adopt socialised (or largely socialised) healthcare. In fact, Switzerland has produced 27.2 citable documents / thousand people in this time of similar quality [21]. Consequently, I'd argue that economic competition is likely a contributing factor but not a prerequisite for medical innovation. Finally, I'll speak my opinion. I don't think that any country will ever have a perfect healthcare system, there are pros and cons to all approaches. With that said, I consider access to quality healthcare a basic human right and I'm proud to have a system that ensures that right for everyone. [1] www.statista.com/statistics/1002964/average-full-time-annual-earnings-in-the-uk/ [2] www.thesalarycalculator.co.uk/salary.php [3] www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/annualsurveyofhoursandearnings/2019 (Figure 11) [4] www.gov.uk/government/statistics/percentile-points-from-1-to-99-for-total-income-before-and-after-tax [5] www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-public-spending-was-calculated-in-your-tax-summary/how-public-spending-was-calculated-in-your-tax-summary [6] www.quora.com/If-you-make-100-000-in-UK-what-percentage-will-go-towards-taxes-and-how-much-of-that-would-be-towards-NHS-Why-would-the-same-system-cost-more-in-the-US [7] www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/nhs-services-and-treatments/how-much-nhs-prescription-charge/ [8] www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/get-help-with-prescription-costs/ [9] www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/save-money-with-a-prescription-prepayment-certificate-ppc/ [10] www.investopedia.com/how-much-does-health-insurance-cost-4774184 [11] data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.CD?end=2019&locations=US-GB&start=1960 [12] data.oecd.org/conversion/purchasing-power-parities-ppp.htm [13] www.statista.com/statistics/718084/average-number-of-own-children-per-family/ [14] www.kff.org/uninsured/issue-brief/key-facts-about-the-uninsured-population/ [15] www.worldometers.info/demographics/uk-demographics/ [16] www.worldometers.info/demographics/us-demographics/ [17] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1557885/ [18] www.commonwealthfund.org/chart/2013/wait-times-specialist-appointment [19] www.commonwealthfund.org/chart/2011/wait-time-emergency-room-being-treated [20] www.nobelprize.org/prizes/lists/all-nobel-laureates-in-physiology-or-medicine [21] www.scimagojr.com/countryrank.php?area=2700&order=ci&ord=desc

      mygodimboredmygodimbored26 days ago
  • The companies that have monopolies in the US are laughing their way to the bank, whilst some people even die or become bankrupt. Imagine the CEOs splashing the cash and living a life of luxury by indirectly killing and bankrupting people. In socialism, this is where the government are supposed to step in big time but wait Trump is in charge... Oh dear

    James AtkinsJames Atkins27 days ago
  • Our NHS is badly underfunded, and has been for years. It is also crippled by red tape and bureaucracy. Staff are highly stressed, particularly nurses. Yet somehow, it manages to pull through, and nobody in this country would ever want it replaced. If there is to be post-Covid reform, not only must it start getting the funding it needs, but it must be taken out of the hands of the political parties, who have used the NHS as an election pawn for far too long.

    UncleFeedleUncleFeedle27 days ago
  • Health care is a human right and we here understand that

    henry vincenthenry vincent27 days ago
  • Poorly

    O .GO .G27 days ago
  • If you are finished my I retort? www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEzO2KoJq

    Greg HendersonGreg Henderson27 days ago
  • I believe that it is disgusting that a country like the USA cannot implement a comprehensive health service for ALL of its citizens. Surely health care and the wellbeing of all of the people that they represent should be the number one priority for all governments? That the USA choses to put its military might, and thus its ability to invade other countries to topple their elected regimes and to impose its will on them, before the health of its own people is an absolute disgrace. In the last few weeks we have seen our NHS in the UK (there are actually four quite separate NHSs, one in each of the constituent nations) perform brilliantly - here in Scotland we never got anywhere near to fully utilising the ICU and ventilator capacity we had ready - and those who work in health care are our genuine heroes. To see, as we did on TV, the mass graves in New York was in stark contrast to what was happening here and was like looking at a third world country. It surely exposed the USA for what is really is - the sick nation of the world being made even sicker by the megalomaniac sociopath in the White House.

    VidCritVidCrit28 days ago
  • THey stated that prescription medicine costs around half what it does in the US. But, they didnt say that it is absolutely free, if you are a child, a student, unemployed, on a low income, pregnant, or need it to survive, for instance, diabetics, cancer patients, people with bad asthma, their meds are absolutely free. Optical and dental work is the same. Oh, the elderly have free or heavily redused charges also. Plus a prescription is a set cost, no matter what the drug is, Its about £9 per item if i recall correctly. So 9 quid for a course of antibiotics or an epi pen.

    lostonexxxlostonexxx28 days ago
  • I'm British and both my wife and I work within the NHS. (I work indirectly with the NHS) It does work, there's no denying it. But it's not perfect. The problems with providing healthcare that's free at the point of delivery are many. It leads to people delegating responsibility for their own well-being onto the state- British people are generally unfit, unhealthy and overweight. If you get drunk, fall over and hurt yourself, you know there'll be no cost to you to get it sewn back together and patched up. So people get drunk, fall over and fight quite a lot. But probably the most damning aspect is that when a system is government controlled, it ends up being run by people who have an agenda. An example of this is the reason why it took so long for us to get a Corona Virus resting system in place. There were dozens of private labs who offered to run those tests, but the NHS wouldn't allow it- it insisted that all testing had to be done by the few NHS labs. So, for weeks, we hardly tested anyone, whilst private medical facilities were idle. The same thing happens with research and development- we've got some brilliant people, but their hands are tied by mountains of regulations. And lastly, it's mighty expensive. The NHS and the welfare system combined take over 60% of British tax revenue- and we pay A LOT of tax! If you earn £100,000, you'll pay about £36,000 in income tax, plus another £5,000 in another tax we call "National Insurance", plus 20% VAT on everything you buy. So your £100,000 salary actually gives you £48,000 spending power. 52% is tax- at least. (there's super high taxes on some things, like petrol, alcohol, tobacco and a few other things)

    D MD M28 days ago
  • There is nothing far left about Bernie, stop the smear campaign! His policies are what govts worldwide see as their basic duties. Truth is America doesn't need a govt since its only duty is to fight wars abroad.

    OlatunjiOlatunji29 days ago
  • And no mention of who Created the NHS? Any surprises there?! Ofcourse not!!!

    Truth Before OpinionsTruth Before Opinions29 days ago
  • "Far left Bernie sanders" is so stupid to hear. Far left in america? Sure Far left globally? Hecc no

    Kacper KobusKacper Kobus29 days ago
  • considering this is a CNBC tv show Has anyone noticed not many people saying the american health care system is good .You would think so many Americans would be here defending the amazing system they have trying to tell the world how amazing it is and how we should be trying it in the UK you can always tell if your country is doing something right , the people want it and don't want to change it . in fact they will tell the world how amazing it is you can tell the american system sucks simply because the whole comment section is all about how the NHS is amazing

    dark zimdark zim29 days ago
    • ok, i'll say it --- THE NHS TOTALLY SUCKS". corona virus death rate in the UK is like 15% & many UK papers say it's under reported.....anyway, worst in Europe & they're begging the USA for medical supplies.. USA death rate = 5%. obviously, the USA is way better.

      Jenn smithJenn smith28 days ago
  • Funny convincing the public to be fine about public funding, military, post, police, libraries, fire services etc but not Heath insurance & prescriptions

    Disaster AreaDisaster Area29 days ago
  • It doest work ...that's the thing. We had to save it my staying home from the world finding out how much if a fraud and a failure it is and we are paying towards.

    Food connoisseurFood connoisseur29 days ago
  • USA CAN STICK THEIR PRIVATE SYSTEM ITS DONE A LOT WORSE THAN NHS IN UK . EVEN MILLIONAIRES WHO GO BANKRUPT AND LOSE THE MONEY WILL BE TREATED FREE. ITS VERU FAIR. WHEN USA COMES ROUND TO SEE THAT HEALTH CARE THATS FREE IS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. AND THE ECONOMY AND THE SPIRIT. WHEN YOU CSNT GET FREE HEALTH CARE STRESS BECOMES A MAJOR PROB AND SHOOTINGS SND DOMESTIC PROBLEMS INCREASE

    Peter MizonPeter Mizon29 days ago
    • IT'S NOT FREE. stop lying......they pay thru the nose for the NHS & it's an inferior system.

      Jenn smithJenn smith28 days ago
  • How does British health care work? It doesn't.

    Rule 34Rule 34Month ago
  • Stick your US health system , NHS all day long. It’s fantastic .. sorry for you guys really.

    Concrete HeadConcrete HeadMonth ago
  • Good Job Britain,Good Job Germany

    mat channelmat channelMonth ago
    • That's your 7th comment. Chill okay.

      Chris WyettChris WyettMonth ago
  • United States problem is cost of healthcare system too expensive and sucks

    mat channelmat channelMonth ago
    • @Jenn smith You'll never understand. You're too stupid.

      Chris WyettChris Wyett28 days ago
    • so, lower cost = better health care?

      Jenn smithJenn smith28 days ago
  • British Healthcare System is best healthcare system

    mat channelmat channelMonth ago
  • USA you should learn from Britain and Germany in healthcare

    mat channelmat channelMonth ago
  • Britain and Germany healthcare system (🇬🇧🇩🇪)

    mat channelmat channelMonth ago
  • No healthcare system is perfect, but at least we don't accept that it's okay for someone to die because they're poor. In America, the hippocratic oath means nothing. Shame on you.

    Chris WyettChris WyettMonth ago
    • @Chris Wyett yes, you were.

      Jenn smithJenn smith26 days ago
    • Owned.

      Chris WyettChris Wyett26 days ago
    • @Chris Wyett you can stick yer head in the sand & swallow all yer government propaganda but the numbers don't lie. 1000s of Brits didn't have to die.....NHS WORST virus death rate in Europe.....probably the world, if yer government didn't under report all the deaths. i feel bad we didn't send help & medical supplies to you sooner. i guess we didn't realize just what a shoddy 3rd world system you have to endure.

      Jenn smithJenn smith28 days ago
    • @Jenn smith You quickly backed off. Like every other internet coward, when you realise you've picked a fight you can't win you disappear 😂

      Chris WyettChris Wyett28 days ago
    • @Jenn smith Let's not forget our system is officially rated higher than yours, as are some so-called 3rd world countries. You can spit your propaganda out all day, but it won't change the facts.

      Chris WyettChris Wyett28 days ago
  • Germany Healthcare system is very good

    mat channelmat channelMonth ago
  • Britain Healthcare system is very good

    mat channelmat channelMonth ago
  • as a brit I have no idea why I watched this video

    spinspinMonth ago
  • If those graphs are anything to go by i would be looking to copy whatever Japan is doing lol.

    ThunderbugThunderbugMonth ago
  • But a country such as Italy has better statistics in all of the categories. Maybe we should look at their system. The NHS needs updating.

    Edward RichardsonEdward RichardsonMonth ago
  • Far left vs centrist? Hmm...more like centre left vs right leaning neo-liberal.

    gloriakmmgloriakmmMonth ago
  • Hi there from Scotland :) The NHS it's truly amazing even our prescriptions are free (not in England) I got my glasses free too and could get braces free!!

    Aimee WilloxAimee WilloxMonth ago
  • Can I just make a point... when you go to hospital and need care - you are at your most vulnerable and may need time off work. You will be getting potentially huge bills at a time where you may not be able to work. Paying via tax, into the nhs, allows people to pay in when they are able and have peace of mind when they are vulnerable

    Hannah FreemanHannah FreemanMonth ago
  • It is horrible and it sucks....I'm stuck in independent home care.....I can't change it...it is digraceful

    Tom EbbsTom EbbsMonth ago
  • Most of these comments are bashing Americans.. can you stop? I get it, I'm proud of the NHS too, but it's not the general American public you should be targeting with your hateful comments. This video isn't supposed to be a way to laugh at the people from your high horse, it's spreading education and awareness. You're making britain look bad. Anyway, haven't you noticed - the NHS is slowly and secretly being changed, always stepping closer towards privatisation in some way or another. In the same way Americans must demand a version of the NHS, UK citizens too must pay attention outside of mainstream media and speak up. Slowly countries all over the world are realising we're all just pawns in someone else's game and starting to make waves. It's quite a time... we're all in it together.

    Jen wildflowerJen wildflowerMonth ago
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