The Cult of the National Health Service

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jess Gill

“A month ago The Guardian ran a story exposing the fact that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak received private healthcare. Sunak faced online backlash for resorting to the market instead of relying on the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). To an outsider, it may seem ridiculous that the British public is so vexed over such a personal decision. It’s his money after all. What next? Is there going to be an inquiry on whether he prefers McDonalds or KFC? … The National Health Service has developed a cult following in British politics and has even been dubbed as ‘the closest thing to a state religion.’ This is why it is seen as politically scandalous that the prime minister does not depend on the NHS.” (01/12/23)