This, courtesy haiku, seems political and its end product is but it’s also religious in its roots:
“Coinciding with challenges in the rollout of the U.S. Affordable Care Act are challenges for NHS.
The Independent reports, ‘A National Health Service free at the point of use will soon be “unsustainable,” if the political parties do not come forward with radical plans for change before the 2015 election, top health officials have warned. Stagnant health spending combined with ever rising costs and demand mean the NHS is facing “the most challenging period in its 65-year existence,” the NHS Confederation said …
In a frank assessment of the dangers faced by the health service, senior officials at the confederation say that the two years following the next general election will be pivotal in deciding whether the NHS can continue to provide free health care for all patients.
“Treasury funding for the service will be at best level in real terms,” they write. “Given that demand continues to rise, drugs cost more, and NHS inflation is higher than general inflation, the NHS is facing a funding gap estimated at up to £30bn by 2020.”‘
From The Guardian: ‘Our rose-tinted view of the NHS has to change.’ More at the Independent, Mirror, and Telegraph.”
Yeah, yeah, we’ve seen it happening, we see them manouevering. Haiku comments: “Maybe if they stopped spending on their doomed-to-fail IT mega-projects …”
I’d like to look past this aspect to why healthcare is such a huge drain. Well, more people are getting sick.
And why is this? To a point, Ok, it’s genetic, hereditary. But to a huge extent, it’s lifestyle choices and the narrative, which favours the malingerer and hypochondriac.
IMHO, you get the spirit right first inside, knowing right from wrong, knowing the things which must be done to live as a human.
Then you look at your diet – mainly fresh and varied, with a variety of treats as well. Long live the fag, long live the tipple.
Moderation with bouts of extremism and obsession. Mixing it up.
Staying active, which is exercise in a way. Having a project which rules for awhile. Then having another one. Having your affairs in order and being on top of the weekly list.
Bouts of naughtiness and things we keep private – need them.
Educating yourself, vociferously reading about anything which leads you to something else. Knowing rather than being pig-ignorant.
Focusing on important things, not irrelevancies like being at each other’s throats to score points in a stupid game of tit-for-tat. Keeping an eye on the main task.
Enjoying people. There are a hell of a lot of them about so we have to find a way of liking them. There’s a certain religion which mentions this as half the main commandment.
I’m not saying I’ve managed all the above and thus I could be happier but it does seem logical that that’s the way to go.
Speaking politically, if a society has enough educated, thinking people who are active, work with mind and hands and produce things, who like other people, then the bstds at the top, part of the Them agenda, don’t get any traction, don’t get a foothold.