NHS curing Americans without them becoming Marxists
Daniel Hannan MEP should meet the US citizen (though currently a UK taxpayer) who is a patient on my ward at the National Hospital for Neurology this week.
He's just had surgery here on the NHS to help deal with a longterm neurological condition. His US private health insurance scheme refused to pay for the op to be done privately while he was outside the US.
He tells me the operation was done better at an NHS hospital here, with fewer after effects, than the two times he has had it done privately back home.
Also, from the BBC website today:
Expenditure on health as % of GDP: 16% in USA, 8.4% in UK
Life expectancy at birth: 79.1 in UK, 78.1 in USA
Infant mortality per 1,000 live births: 6.7 in USA, 4.8 in UK