In Britain, when we go to the NHS we don't have to pay and we can go there and come back all for free. But is this necessary? Wouldn't it be better if we just paid for healthcare like they do in USA, because I think it would solve all the money issues with the NHS, and furthermore all of the issues? In this post I will say why I think we should pay for our healthcare in Britain, and say why it benefits USA because they do.
Why is the NHS Failing Currently?
The reason the NHS is failing right now is because it doesn't have enough money to install the right equipment to meet people's needs. The NHS gets funded by the government, and that money comes from our taxes. So in a way we are funding the NHS but not there and then when we have our appointment, and the government doesn't have enough money to satisfy the needs of doctors in the NHS. It is nice that we don't have to pay for our many visits to the hospital, but it creates more problems than it fixes, so it would be much simpler to make us pay, and I fail to see why they haven't done that yet. The government have primarily ignored the fact that the NHS isn't doing well under this rule, so that is why they haven't chose to change it as of yet. If we paid for our healthcare it would solve all financial issues to do with the NHS and if it was my choice I would definitely change it to help people become healthy and well and cured from any diseases.
Why Would it Be Better if we Paid for Our Healthcare?
I did briefly answer this question in the last paragraph, but this is the full answer. I think it would be better if we paid for our own healthcare because it means doctors who do a particularly good job if you have an infection or illness are rewarded for their successes. I think this is good because doctors have a set wage like with most jobs but they don't usually get bonuses or anything like that. This is unfair because if you are very satisfyed with what a doctor has done they don't get anything to congragulate them and you won't pay them extra because healthcare is free in Britain. In USA, once you've had an appointment you pay the doctor or the hopsital they work at. If there are problems on the way that make it harder for them then they can charge you extra for it, and this also works the other way round: if there is an easy fix to an initial problem they have to charge you less than the original asking price. In UK, the government spends 9.4% of its Gross Domestic Product whereas USA spends 17.7% of its budget; the OECD average is 9.3%. While our's is pretty much average, we could do with spending more like USA does because we could be much healthier if we did.
What are the Downsides to the Last Paragraph's Message?
As I have realised, there are some flaws to the last paragraph, and in this one I will explain and see how we can avoid them. One of the obvious flaws is the fact that a lot of the potential money spent on healthcare could be wasted and that is what happens in the USA. With a lot of money comes the need of a lot of people to organise it; with a lot of people comes a lot of responsibility and power and with that power comes a lot of decisions that could have been chosen wrongly. What I mean by this is that some people might choose to buy unneeded equipment with the money which is no upgrade to the last. This means that money is being spent trying to upgrade hospitals (specifically those of who belong to the NHS) but instead of upgrading we are staying the same. This has actually happened in USA where a lot of money has been spent but some of it wasted. And that is the main risk with trying to spend more money on healthcare in UK. But there is another problem: there are other things to focus on. What I mean by this is there are other things to do with the government's money, like preserving the environment and protecting citizens with the army. This has become apparent with the USA when they have spent to much money on healthcare in the past and they don't have enough money for other things which actually do help the country in many ways that rivals the need of healthcare.
To summarise, we should pay for our own healthcare because it is quite a simple idea that would benefit the NHS and would immediately stop most money problems with the NHS and how it is run. There are, however, some problems which are actually bad and hard to ignore but as long as we approach them correctly nothing bad should happen. We need to change the free healthcare agreement to make it so you have to pay.