Taxes,higher or lower?

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In this post i will be talking about the price of the NHS.

A few of you probably know what taxes are and what we pay them for.In case you don't know what a tax is -a tax is a financial charge imposed upon a taxpayer by a govermental organization in order to fund a various public expenditures.Basically it's a price of money adults usually need to pay.In order for America to get their healthcare, they need to pay a tax monthly for their healthcare.If an American broke a bone, they would need to pay for it and get bills a little while later.In the UK, you would get this for free.

Even though this happens, we still need to pay bills about healthcare, but for a different reason.If you go to work or have a high income you will need to pay taxes to fund the NHS.This money goes to the treatment of people with low income or people who do not work.But is this fair?

Some people believe that this is unfair, isnt it like paying for somone elses treatment?If you are working and have a high income you are basically paying for someone who just doesnt want to work.Yes, but this isnt the case.If you fund the NHS not only are you helping mothers,children,parents,the poor and other people who need some support but you are paying for youre medicine.Some people think that we would be better off jjst laying for our own healthcare.I disagree to that because if you have all the money you want, you can just get sick and not care.But someone out there cannot pay to help their child.

So what do you think?Should we carry on with this system?Or is this just unfair?

Comments (4)

  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Carra Johnson, Paralegal @ Clifford Chance
    18 Mar 2020

    You have brought up an interesting comparison between the UK healthcare system and the American health care system.

    As you said, health plans are not actually free in the UK, but the percentage of an individual’s income that goes to their care is equal across the board. The British system is free at the point of access, but paid for through taxation. Can you say more on why you think free health care is beneficial?

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    1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg resourceful_drawing | Birchwood C of E Primary School
      Carra Johnson, Paralegal @ Clifford Chance's comment 25 Mar 2020

      I believe that free health care should be beneficial.Healthcare, doctors, nursers,dentists, all of these are important.This is what's keeping us alive!

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg lovable_writer | Graveney School
    23 Mar 2020

    I think this is a really interesting post, resourceful_drawing! I agree with you that it is a fair system because it is a way of contributing to the healthcare of everybody who needs it. Even if you are not in need of that free healthcare, you know that the small amount you pay out of your bank account will help save lives. Surely that is a reasonable price to pay? However, I would like to bring up an issue I see with the current taxing system. There are certain members of our community (football players, business people, company managers and bankers) who earn ridiculous amounts of money. The average premier league player is payed £50,000 a week, which is nearly twice as much as the the £27,000 a teacher earns in a whole year. What difference would it make to these millionaires to increase their tax so that lives could be saved? An extra amount of their money could go towards training for GPs. More beds in a hospital. A new X-ray. Literally anything would make a more positive impact than sitting in their bank account. In answer to your title question, I believe taxes for the select few who have the largest salaries should be increased to help those in our society who actually need that money.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      lovable_writer's comment 23 Mar 2020

      Do bear in mind we do live in a society with what's called 'progressive taxation' - which means the highest earners pay the highest rate (40%). Do you think this is enough? And what do you think a Premier League football would say to your argument?

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