A Tory MP has suggested the solution to the NHS crisis is to increase National Insurance. It is staggering how wrong such a person can be.
That is because there are three solutions to the NHS crisis. The first is to reduce demand. The best way, by far, to do that is to improve the lives of those making the biggest demands on it. The most certain way to do that is by increasing the incomes of those least well off in our communities and to reduce inequality.
As they believed back then – the costs of the NHS would fall as people were treated, became healthier and lived longer lives.
This isn’t how it works out. People who live longer consume more health care. The greatest consumers of health and or social care are of course those who didn’t die of poverty, fags or booze but survived to spend a decade with Alzheimer’s.
So The Murphaloon is entirely ignorant of the basics of health economics too then.