Can we afford to not have the NHS?

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As you know,in places like America they have to pay a lot of money for their own health insurance yet a 10th of the population in the US do not have health insurance,which isn’t good because without it they probably wouldn’t afford healthcare itself.As a country if we got rid of the NHS many of us wouldn’t have the amount of money to suddenly start paying for a health insurance as well as all the other bills everyone has to pay.Following on from this,most people rely on the NHS so much that if they were to get rid of it they would be nothing unless they have the money to pay for their health.

I am going to get other people’s opinions on what they would do if the NHS was gone.I know I have don’t this twice but many people find it interesting to hear other people’s opinions since there are a majority of different reasons and they like to hear ,if it’s different,the other side of the argument.Here are some of my family’s opinion.

Dad:“It may not be perfect but I will take any type of care and I don’t want to have to pay for my own health insurance.”

Mum:”It would be a disaster since we can’t pay for it and as well as that they are making us pay for things that we never used to pay for.”

Me/englitened_panther:”I would hate to have the NHS destroyed since it does so much for us especially because it’s free.As well as this,it’s going to be a lot of money if we don’t have the NHS.”

My sister:“I think that if we lost the NHS it would be a country wide disaster. I believe this to be true because the NHS is used thousonds of times daily. Whether it’s going to the dentist,the doctors,the hospital or simply getting your eyes checked at the opticians. If we had to begin to pay for these services most people living in the UK would not get the proper healthcare that they require. This is the case in many countries such as America. A lot of the UK population is quick to moan about the long waiting times or the tired nurses/doctors who are underpaid and overworked but I am certain that they would rather wait an hour opposing to being unable to afford the service in the first place. The worst case senario being that they can’t afford some type of live saving operation. At that point I am sure that they would be begging for the NHS to come back and the whole country would be in crisis.”

Me:“ loosing the NHS would be a catastrophe. Thousands of people would struggle financially. It would be a mistake to destroy it”

Comments (41)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    04 Mar 2020

    It's wonderful to hear from a range of voices beyond the BNC. Thank you for bringing these to our attention. What do others think of the points raised here?

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    1. Lyons Hall Primary School affable_antelope | Lyons Hall Primary School D
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 12 Mar 2020

      I don,t believe we can for example all the charity's that fund the NHS will be shut down

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      1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
        affable_antelope's comment 12 Mar 2020

        Do charities fund the NHS?

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    2. Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg sympathetic_turtle | Portobello High School
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 20 Mar 2020

      If the NHS was destroyed lots of people would lose their jobs, plus some people don’t have the money to pay for private healthcare.

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  • Hillyfield School logo triumphant_performance | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    05 Mar 2020

    We can't afford to lose the NHS, because they give up their time to look after people in hospitals and in my opinion that takes a really kind and careing person to do that.

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  • Hammond School logo articulate_elephant | Hammond Junior School A
    06 Mar 2020

    If we lose the NHS , like you said people would struggle financially and people at the NHS sometimes have other people's lives in there hands and if we lose them it would be a disaster and people wouldn't be able to have the life that they want. If the NHS where still doing the things they do but are a smaller organisation, people wouldn't trust them.

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    1. Harriet-Website_1000x1000.jpg Harriet Boland
      articulate_elephant's comment 06 Mar 2020

      Thanks for your comment @articulate_elephant. Why would people not trust the NHS if they were a smaller organisation?

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  • Hammond School logo resilient_apple | Hammond Junior School B
    06 Mar 2020

    We can't afford to lose the NHS because of these reasons.

    Health problems: I personally think this is the best reason why we can't lose the NHS because if we do people will have a lot of problems in the future. This will effect health problems, diseases, broken bones, problems like cancer and brain loss. This is all the problems the NHS are having to face and if we lose the NHS, where are people going to go for those problems to be fixed? We need to make sure this doesn't happen.

    The care they give to patients: We can't lose this otherwise when people go and have a health problem to be fixed, people will feel nervous before they find out if they have broken a bone, caught a disease or even found an allergy. We need people to be cheered up and make them feel confident through the stuff they need to go through.

    Their respect to patients: We cannot lose this respect that the NHS give every patient there served in each day otherwise if we lose this patients won't be given the respect they deserve. Say you broken your arm and you went to the hospital and didn't get treated for 6 hours. I that was me in a hospital that wasn't the NHS I would be really annoyed that I didn't get my respect on my arm to be treated.

    These are the three reasons why I think we can't live without the NHS.
    Thanks for reading!

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  • Hammond School logo precious_desert | Hammond Junior School B
    06 Mar 2020

    We can't afford to lose the NHS because it's a crucial part of the UK only because.
    1. The NHS takes care of people and if there wasn't an NHS then who would treat people.

    2. If the NHS is lost people can't volunteer to help, I'm saying this because it will have more staff and it will be quicker to treat people.

    3. It can take care of 1 million people in 65 hours and that will be a big help only because they can take in more people.
    This are my three points of why we shouldn't lose the NHS because who will help us because if there's no one then we can't be cured.
    Thanks for reading.

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  • Hammond School logo adventurous_tennis | Hammond Junior School B
    06 Mar 2020

    No I do not think that we can afford to not have the NHS as it is are main source of healthcare then like you said they would really be struggling financially. Also the country would be a catastrophic disaster and as the NHS mostly never have a time to rest and have people's lives on the line, then if we lose them our entire country's economy and population we decrease rapidly and most family's rely on the NHS to keep family members alive and well and then if that all happened and then the NHS went back in business then the pupils wouldn't trust then

    Thank you for listening pls respond if you agree or disagree.

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    1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg compassionate_seal | Upton Cross Primary School A
      adventurous_tennis's comment 23 Mar 2020

      I agree and I have also added a comment why.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg radical_reality | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    10 Mar 2020

    In my opinion we cannot afford to not have the NHS. We rely too much on the NHS and if we don't have it anymore we will suffer so much without it.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg shining_brain | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    10 Mar 2020

    Personally i think we can't because the NHS is our most accessible, reliable healthcare and if we lose that then we may have to start paying for our healthcare. We will lose something that our country is the most proud of,The NHS FREE healthcare.

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  • Hammond School logo radical_koala | Hammond Junior School F
    12 Mar 2020

    If we lose the NHS, our population will decrease massively.
    To benefit the situation, our taxes should be elevated but it would be better if the government charge 5% of your income then saying pay £10 pounds a month. This would be fair so the poor don't have to pay as much as the rich do.

    As you may know, anyone under 18 and over 60 don't have to pay for prescriptions or eye care.
    This wasn't a tax issue when this rule was invented because only 18% of patients in need of health care, were over 60 but it is predicted that by 2025, the 18% will rise to 25%. This means that you might still have to pay for prescriptions until you are 70!

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School humble_radio | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    12 Mar 2020

    if we lose the NHS and somebody has cancer there would be no body to help them and there would be these people in the world and the people who work at the NHS they would have no work and they would have to money and with no money they can not pay there taks and then they would lose they homes .
    and we would be ill. BY HUMBLE_RADIO

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School careful_eagle | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    12 Mar 2020

    No we can't afford not to have any hospital, and the population will decrease by 1000% of people dying every day. We just can't afford it, SO DON'T GET RID OF HOSPITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg protective_orange | Richmond Hill Academy
    12 Mar 2020

    If we lose the NHS , like you said people would struggle financially and people at the NHS sometimes have other people's lives in there hands and if we lose them it would be a disaster and people wouldn't be able to have the life that they want. If the NHS where still doing the things they do but are a smaller organisation, people wouldn't trust them.If we lose the NHS, our population will decrease massively.
    To benefit the situation, our taxes should be elevated but it would be better if the government charge 5% of your income then saying pay £10 pounds a month. This would be fair so the poor don't have to pay as much as the rich do.

    As you may know, anyone under 18 and over 60 don't have to pay for prescriptions or eye care.
    This wasn't a tax issue when this rule was invented because only 18% of patients in need of health care, were over 60 but it is predicted that by 2025, the 18% will rise to 25%. This means that you might still have to pay for prescriptions until you are 70!

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    12 Mar 2020

    No, if we don’t have the NHS I won’t feel safe because if it wasn’t for the NHS lots of people would be in grave danger and I mean it. As a kid I have a whole life ahead of me and for all my life I have appreciated the NHS because they have helped me and so many other people. We really can’t afford not to have the NHS because it’s saved more people’s lives than we can count so in my opinion I think that everyone should thank the NHS even if they don’t really know what it is.🌈

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    1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg opinionated_dolphin | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      mindblowing_clarinet's comment 13 Mar 2020

      mindblowing_clarinets i disagree because what if you was injured really baaaaaadly (i'm pretty sure you would know we all need NHS

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg loved_politics | Weston Favell Academy
    16 Mar 2020

    I think that there is a big issue with making the NHS more expensive for the general public to use. If we were to be as dramatic as the USA, then we would have lots of people will get ill and possibly die. However, if we do not do anything the NHS will be shut down due to over population of the country. There won't be as many individuals to be able to help the general public.

    A solution that we can provide is to increase the taxes depending on whether or not you make a certain amount. Even though these individuals may go to a private doctor, they should still be paying for our NHS. It would also be helpful for the individuals of lower classes and low income families to not have to pay as much.

    It would be a good idea to look around the world, and not just the USA, and see what are some successful ideas. Perhaps we could increase our prescriptions to be set into three separate categories for payments. Similar to what they do at the dentist. There should be a system where we can have individuals that are really sick to go and be treated first and possibly have their own location to go to. Whereas the individuals that are not urgent to go to a clinic or to see a doctor on a set date.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      loved_politics's comment 16 Mar 2020

      Three things you mention might need further research, as they may already be happening!
      1. Is the amount of tax you pay dependent on your earnings?
      2. Can people opt out of paying for the NHS?
      3. Are unwell people prioritised according to their condition and sent to different places for treatment?

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  • Hammond School logo sociable_volcano | Hammond Junior School B
    18 Mar 2020

    We can't afford to lose the NHS because people will die so much more often or we get a new health care service. The NHS have work the hours to save peoples lives what good would giving up be now? NO GOOD, so why? Especially at this time with all the corona virus stuff go on and more people might have covid 19 than nurses in the NHS. Now when you think about all the other people who have an illness then you think more about how they should be helped. Even if people just volunteered to work 3 hour shifts at 4 till 7 that would help the NHS. Want to know a special fact, well you may already know it from the quiz but 77% of the NHS are woman and even if they gave up the NHS wouldn't be able to be up and running. If you think about it hard enough, then you will realise that even if it was just the woman working , there wouldn't be enough.

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg nice_leopard | Evelyn Street Primary School C
    18 Mar 2020

    do charrities fund the nhs ?

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg succinct_weaver | Evelyn Street Primary School C
    18 Mar 2020

    we need the NHS to help us get well!!!!!!!!!

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    19 Mar 2020

    We cannot afford to not have the NHS. My reasoning behind this is as follows...Firstly, the NHS deals with over one million patients per 36 hours and is home to over a million employees, if the health service were to collapse then many, many jobs and patient's lifes would be lost. Secondly, the NHS has a vast amount of partnerships with dentist surgeries, opticians and orthodontists, if the NHS was to collapse then the customers of these companies won't get the benefits of the NHS like direct referrals and 'one spectacle for free with kids.' Giving you another person's experience of the NHS, a university student in Gloucestershire tried to commit suicide when she was 20, without the NHS she wouldn't be here, when they talked with her with such calmness, delved into her feelings and were so positive, reality came to her [Read the full article here- https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/feb/14/i-love-the-nhs-without-it-i-wouldnt-be-here].
    This is just one person whose life was turned the right way up by the NHS, and sure there are going to be more suicidal patients rescued by the NHS is the next few years and they should deserve the same treatment as that Uni student got. To summarise, we could not live without the NHS because of how much it does for the UK and all it's citizens, saving millions of patients every week from dying.
    #saveournhs
    #NHSmillion
    http://www.nhsmillion.co.uk/

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg considerate_mulberry | Portobello High School
    20 Mar 2020

    I personally believe we can’t loose the NHS they have done so much for us over the years! as most of you said in the comments and post people would struggle financially and people would be scared to go to the hospital as they would be worrying about the bill! my mums a nurse in the NHS too and I am sure some other people’s parents work in the NHS to.Anyway they would all loose their jobs and have to go and find a new one! There’s a lot more reasons we shouldn’t close the NHS thank you for reading!

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  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    20 Mar 2020

    I think the NHS is definitely needed and we can't afford to loose the NHS because.

    Firstly, just over 1,000,000 people get treatment at the NHS in 36 hours. The only other major healthcare in the United Kingdom is the Private Healthcare sector which aren't going to be able to cope with this obscene amount of people and the NHS are the front line of fighting the coronavirus and the Private sector is just the backup. Without the NHS so many more people would have died to the coronavirus. The private sector don't have a there near enough funds to have the same effect as the NHS. The NHS get funded by the government and gets 20% of all taxes but the private sector get funded by patients. The amount of money the NHS get is huge compared to the private sector.

    Secondly, people use the NHS because of free healthcare but the private sector don't provide that. The NHS are so generous because they have enough money to do this but the private sector don't have the money so that generosity is lost. The public deserve free healthcare if they are struggling.

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    1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg opinionated_dolphin | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      determined_shrimp's comment 21 Mar 2020

      don`t you think that NHS helpes a lot in injerys because like we are born if NHS dident exsist we wouldnt be born at the right time

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg awesome_currant | Portobello High School
    23 Mar 2020

    We can't afford to lose the NHS because a lot of people don't have the money to pay for private health care so rich people would be fine but less rich people would be in a lot of trouble. Also if people who can afford it want better health care then they can pay for private health care but most people are content having the NHS.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School thoughtful_badger | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    23 Mar 2020

    No, because the NHS is our main health service, and most of our greatest doctors, dentists, etc work for the NHS. Also, most of the country's money has gone to the NHS and if the NHS does just stop for some reason the population will be very ANGRY. So, if the NHS does stop we will have to start paying for our health like America and it's not cheap.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg compassionate_seal | Upton Cross Primary School A
    23 Mar 2020

    If we don't have the NHS or lets say we had not have the NHS(National Health Service) lives would've not been saved easily and I do know that if there was no NHS our country would have more money but NHS saves lives of our loved ones so why would we want to say bye to the NHS.Second thing is that the NHS is free(and it might not be anymore because of brexit)and if they go even the people who can not afford it have to pay aswell.The NHS is national so in one phone call you will have company.I don't think the NHS will stop because of these reasons and consequences
    compassionate_seal

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_crab | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    25 Mar 2020

    We can afford to not have the NHS but in most countries they have to pay and we don't so we should be grateful for the NHS.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg free_wallaby | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    25 Mar 2020

    We can not afford to not have the NHS. We are a lucky country because we do not have to pay for the NHS unlike most countries have to pay a lot to get into hospitals. So we should be grateful and thankful that we have the NHS.

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg incomparable_blueberry | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    27 Mar 2020

    If the NHS was discontinued, so many people that were counting on free health care would be devastated; especially if their life depended on it. You can't exactly put a price on life and health, and the fact that the government is even considering it is disgusting; the NHS was built on the foundation of helping people no matter who they were or how much money they make. This just goes to show that what the government does is simply for prophit and not help the people of this country.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      incomparable_blueberry's comment 27 Mar 2020

      How does this show the government is doing things for profit? And who would that profit go to?

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      1. Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg incomparable_blueberry | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 31 Mar 2020

        If the government will decide to sell the NHS like the press suggests, they will be doing it for the profit and neglecting the needs of the people as it will then become a business and forget the real reason why it was even created.

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