NHS - Thinking The Unthinkable. Time To Privatise UK Healthcare?


In Britain there is widespread support for social medicine in the form of the much lauded National Health Service (NHS). Until recently dismantling this behemoth would have been anathema to most Britons despite the fact that with six million employees (out of a population of just over 60 million), this wealth-consuming monster supposedly has more people working for it than any other body in the world with the exception of the railway in India and the Chinese army.

But recent scandals and cover-ups – lack of compassion by staff, unusually high mortality rates in some hospitals and the gagging of whistle-blowers – have to some extent at least begun to shake the faith of the great British public in their previously almost infallible NHS. So after sixty-five years of having a grand choice of one healthcare provider and having to pay for it out of every monthly pay cheque whether they use it or not, could Britons now be open to an alternative system and ways of paying for it?

Personally I like the Saudi system which I have experienced at first hand. In the Kingdom most people have health insurance provided for them and their families through their employment, and so , as in the UK, it is free for them at the point of use. Crucially, however, GPs and hospitals there are private businesses which compete for patients’custom. There you are not a troublesome patient, not an inconvenience to be managed, but a valued and valuable customer.

But with a public health system like the NHS there is no competition and therefore no incentive for those providing the service. Patients in Britain can just lump it as they have nowhere else to go. In Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, if you don’t like the bedside manner of any given doctor or other healthcare professional, you simply take your business elsewhere to one of the many other GPs and hospitals covered by your health insurance. This certainly keeps them on their toes!

Imagine in Britain if we only had one supermarket chain or one home and motor insurance provider. So why do we have only one healthcare provider? Why do we put up with that?

Following a recent operation I myself had on the NHS, things were so chaotic that I was released without any formal paperwork as they had only one junior doctor covering two whole wards. I was also given a prescription for wound dressings that turned out to have been discontinued by the manufacturer. Next time I require treatment I would like to give another healthcare provider an opportunity to prove to me that they can do better, but alas, that is not an option under the British nationalised system at present.

There will always be those on the left who argue that the market does not necessarily produce improved economies or better treatment. My personal experience in Saudi Arabia is that the market can do. Why not give it a chance in the UK too? Or at the very least British taxpayers who do use and pay for private healthcare should be allowed to deduct both private health insurance and actual private treatment expenses from their tax bill.

It’s time for a change, I’d say. Here’s hoping that more and more taxpayers in the UK will also come to be persuaded of that too, so that social medicine is no longer a sacred cow and that competition between rival private providers is seen as an option worthy of dispassionate consideration.

Do libertarians hate team sports?


We can learn a great deal from watching and playing sports

Quite a few libertarians of my acquaintance dislike sports, or at least affect indifference to sports and games, particularly if they are team games. (Opinions may be different with more individualistic pursuits, such as martial arts, golf, board games such as chess, and tennis). I sometimes wonder whether is a correlation between the individualist mentality that is congruent with being a libertarian, and a dislike of team games. Continue reading

We the People of the United States

US Flag

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Continue reading

How To Fix The Republican Party


Step 1: Social Issues

The GOP, according to the polls, has something like a 26 percent approval rating. This is a big problem. When it comes to social issues and foreign policy, people tend to shy away from the Republican Party. I’m going to argue that adopting a more liberty-oriented platform is what will attract people in the GOP. Continue reading

After The “Good War.”

War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam

Ten years ago Tad Bartimus wrote “War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam” and the effect that war had on its participants. She had reported from Vietnam but was also assigned to cover an R&R reunion in Hawaii of Vietnam combat troops and their wives. “I expected to find happy, vacationing couples reuniting” but instead she watched “traumatized men and distraught women,” the soldiers crying “as their stricken wives sat beside them, unable to comprehend what had transformed the boys they’d married into these grim-faced soldiers returning to war.” It has never been any different, as Dale Maharidge discovered. Continue reading

How Selling Perfume is Like Selling Liberty

Chanel no 5

Yesterday I had a conversation with the incredibly-smart Jon Henke. We were talking about our fellows in the free-market community. How despite a glut of whip-smarts, there’s a palpable dearth of what he called political sense. He didn’t mean glad-handling or the desire for power or coercion, but the ability to know how to communicate and present in a way which will achieve maximum impact for your ideas. Continue reading

The Dream State

Michael Lucas

Awake: to become conscious or aware of something, but of what? Many within the Liberty Movement consider themselves awake, but what does it really mean? It’s a gut feeling at the core, but it dances cerebrally on the mind. It’s the chill running down the spine and the hair standing on the back of the neck. It’s the burning question and the inherent rebellion. The itch that can’t be scratched. The word that escapes, just at the tip of the tongue.

“It’s the question that drives us, Neo. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did.”

“What is the Matrix?”

“The answer is out there, Neo, and it’s looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.”

Being awake is multifaceted; there is no doubt about that. It starts with admitting one thing. There is something terribly wrong here. Constant war, massive debt, toxic pollution, high tech surveillance, increasingly oppressive police state. Big Pharma, Big Agra, Big Government, Big Medicine, Big Business. Corporations and Banks are too big to fail. CEOs and Bank Owners are too big to jail. The collusion of public and private and the merger of business and government is creeping the western world into a Fascistic nightmare.

If you accept, not just see, these truths then the next logical question is this: What can I do about it? And the answer is simple. Take care of you. Being awake is so much more than political. If you became a Libertarian in politics alone, you are still very much asleep in the rest of your life. Libertarianism is a life style change. If you really do accept the truth of our world, your entire life will change.

To be clear, I am not saying that you must start meditating at the top of a mountain overnight. I do not suggest you quit a corporate job and go live “off the grid” the very next day. What I am suggesting is health in all aspects of life. For me, the transformation has been slow and steady, but never ending. I have made many great changes in my life since first cracking a sliver opening of an eye lid.

A man is known by the company he keeps and you are what you eat. Relationships and nutrition are the two important aspects to focus on when transitioning to a Libertarian lifestyle. Surround yourself with people that lift you up, challenge you intellectually and support you emotionally. This western culture of deep rooted self-consciousness combined with an abject abhorrence toward civility and chivalry is toxic at best.

As far as nutrition is concerned, the Self Ownership Principle cannot be expressed in any greater way than by what you allow into your body. If you eat garbage, your mind and body will be garbage, plain and simple. How can you expect to reach new levels of awakening while being chronically malnourished and chemically altered?

Thus the snowball effect begins and the “tumbling down the rabbit hole” scenario becomes an all too real part of everyday life. Once you start questioning things outside of politics, everything becomes fair game. Do I really need to take a pill every time I get an ache or pain? Do I really want a “Cool Ranch Doritos Taco” because the television said so? Do I really need to vote for a mainline political party because my vote won’t matter if I don’t?

Bottom line, if you reject statists, authoritarians and control freaks in government, do not subject yourself to the corporate side of the same coin. Monsanto, General Electric and many other CEOs and lobbyists often jump back and forth between government positions. The mainstream media is clearly a mouthpiece of government and special interests. The average person is be bombarded from every angle and we must learn to scrutinize everything.

Be sure to tuck and roll on your way down the rabbit hole.

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