Am back for a couple of days. And you never really find out how a place it ticking without reading the ads at the back of the freebie paper. That’s where the advertisers are clicking into the current thing.
And interested to see a clinic advertising full MRIs for £200. £200 isn’t nothing, it’s half a week’s minimum wage. But for someone like me – like most of us here in fact – it’s not a sum to cause a fright. Actually, while I’d note handing it over I’d not, partifcularly, note whether I had done so or not a couple of weeks later. It’s one of those intermediate sums, not spare change but not wholly important.
And, well, I’d pay that. Not for an MRI I could get for free if I waited, that’s not what I mean. Rather, I’d pay that just to get one at my time. “No, don’t do mornings, sorry, got a project on, but 1 pm suits” sorta line.
And that is what a lot of routine health care does in fact cost. £50 there, £200 the other. Still, absolutely, want insurance (and yes, the backstop always will be the state, in the end) for the car smashes, vile cancers and so on. But blood pressures, GPs, flus and the clap? Private seems sensible enough, no?