Proponents of nationalized health care systems often tout the benefits of gummint control, with no need for nasty, profit-driven "private insurance." After all, the thinking goes, health care is "free," and "available to all."
As we've repeatedly demonstrated here at IB, this is simply wishful thinking.
But don't just take our word for it:
"Simple and affordable health cover with added peace of mind...Access healthcare when you need it not when you can afford it."
Well, that looks like pretty much every health insurance ad we've seen around here.
Except for one thing:
"New Enquiries: 0800 072 6712"
That, dear readers, is a British phone number. That's right, the "dirty little secret" is that, despite the hoopla, Brits still need that evil insurance. In fact, there are a number of different plan options available, all reasonably priced.
Well, they're in Euros, so who knows, really?
According to Jennie Burraway, Digital Strategy Consultant for HSA Healthplans, the company is looking to expand its marketing efforts, presumably to all those Brits currently enjoying their free health care.
The company even touts its own long history of "helping individuals, families and organisations access affordable healthcare since 1922, a history that pre-dates the NHS."
The truth is, even the Much Vaunted NHS has numerous holes which need to be addressed, and it appears that Brits actually pay for their health insurance twice: through expensive taxes and additional premiums.