You approach this from an ideological stance that blinds you to the truth. This little pic explains the way that the Tories have squeezed the NHS. When you also factor in that almost all the cabinet have interests in private health providers it is clear to see why things have collapsed under the tories. Its great to live in a country where medical treatment doesnt cause you to lose your house. A year ago I broke my ankle. I was off work for 6 months and I estimate that I got $55k of treatment had I been charged under the American system. I didnt receive a bill for any of it. But heres the thing. It wasnt free. I have been paying a small amount of tax every year since I started work. Everybody does. And for that I get peace of mind. Whatever happens I know that my family is covered. Even better, my neighbour and his family is covered. Rich or poor we all get a great service. No insurance companies making huge profits. No private hospitals giving us drugs we dont need.Oh, and no pharma companies screwing us. Our medication costs a fraction of the cost in the US where your systems are bizarre to say the least. You point to Venezuela as an example of a failed system. I could point to the NHS or Sweden or Norway as examples of how it works. I could also point to the US as an example of a health service that does not meet the needs of its society and is going to get worse. It is a moral and ethical issue.We all pay in and we all benefit. It binds us together as a society. It is light years ahead of your beggar my neighbour philosophy.