Oh, my, yes, the NHS is wonderful and getting better all the time:
Best of all, mortality amenable to healthcare figures – the avoidable death rates – now show a 21% improvement, far more than any other EU country. As those figures cover only 1998 to 2003 before the big spend, they are expected to have improved sharply.
Yes, you would expect a doubling of the cash spent to improve the results of a system. But let\’s take this measure, the very one that Polly thinks is he way we should measure the system, and see where that takes us, shall we?
Avoidable mortality is death from diseases such as tuberculosis, septicemia, hypertension, influenza, peptic ulcer, appendicitis, etc. Paris also has the lowest avoidable mortality rates while London has the highest and New York in between.
The NHS is in fact worse than the French system (with its horrible and pernicious top up private insurance), worse even than the US system (with its pernicious profit making from sick people). In fact, on this measure, the one Polly wants us to use, it\’s shit.
That must be why so many countries have copied our "Wonder of the World" then.