IG is a political action group and research body with the intent of assisting the current order draw to a close.
The NHS as a concept is much valued by the people of Britain. It is seen as a monument to the values and morality of our people. The world over, Britain’s concept of “free” health care is seen as a working model for other civilised people to adopt, It is a statement to the fact that we as a society care for one another, we British support those in need.
The political establishment capitalises fully on this notion of helping the poor. Morality is serious political kudos at home and abroad. Support for the NHS will not cost candidates many votes and will certainly gain them many. The NHS is commonly understood to help those who need it most for the benefit of society as a whole. Perpetuating such myths enables wealthy men to offer support to the needy and can certainly aid them getting elected.
Here at IG we hold a rather different view of the NHS and consider it a fair candidate for substantial cuts. Our policies intend to break the present culture of mass health care consumption which sees people visit the doctor or hospital for the slightest ailment (here and here) resulting in wasted man hours, wrongly dispensed medicine and wasteful spending.
We ask the question; does NHS spending increase life expectancy, and simply put, is it worth it?
Here is a UN chart displaying the life expectancy of various nations
Source: United Nations Population Division, United Nations Population Fund
There seems to be little difference. With a range of 2.8 years, these vastly different nations have little between them in terms of life expectancy. let us take a closer look.
Needless to say the USA is a stark example of the lack of correlation between health spending and longevity.
Here the situation is displayed more clearly. Source; UC Atlas of Inequality
There is no positive relationship between health spending and health and all claims otherwise are not based on any factual evidence. Thus we cannot be challenged regarding spending cuts on the grounds of health concerns. The only legitimate argument is regarding that of employment and corporate profits.
So, where do we stand?
After confirming there is no positive link between government health spending and that off health. We at The Initiative Group suggest that it is the culture itself that causes the illness, that of drugs and surgery for all and for free, combined with poor nutrition has pushed Britain to the border of an unmanageable and unfundable health crisis.
Diet is the primary factor in health. Billions of pounds could be saved and greater levels of health achieved if even a fraction of the health budget were to be allocated properly.
The Initiative Groups Health policy
If adopted, the above policies would benefit the average household to a sum in excess of £800 anually and save the country multiple billions per year.
IG is aware that such policies would initially result in a severe spike in unemployment as the NHS employs over 1,000,000 men and women. We do however anticipate unemployment to decrease steadily thereafter as the policy does not remove money from the economy and simply returns it to private hands, which in turn is then spent into the economy, resulting in an increase in market goods and services raising employment and business opportunities.