David Bennett thinks that however great the healthcare needs of the country, and however great our capacity to supply them might be there is some immutable limit that suggests we reach a point where we say enough is enough and we refuse to produce any more health unless we can also produce handbags, holidays and gladrags that are the supposed precondition of paying for the NHS.
A certain Mr. Maslow had things to say on this point. We have a number of needs and desires and we maximise our utility by attempting to gain a balance of them. That correct balance changing as the resources to gain them change.
Meaning that, at any particular level of individual or societal wealth then there is a certain amount of health care that we wish to have. Just as there’s a certain amount of said wealth that we will devote to handbags, holidays and gladrags (and isn’t it bloody typical that Ritchie butchers the lyrics).