Well that's it isn't it!? I've often thought that the NHS is fundamentally flawed. I'm not saying I want it scrapped, I'm definately pro the whole idea, but if you take it to it's logical extreme it just doesn't work! If you imagine that the NHS saves lives, which it does, then the average age people live to increases. Therefore, the more each person costs the NHS in treatment. Hence the funding must increase by the same amount increasing the tax bill on the working - as old people don't work. The logical way of fixing this is to increase the retirement age - which has happened! Unfortunately, this argument is based around the same argument against Insurance schemes such as in the US, and excuse my ignorance, I don't know a huge amount about it, but, as people retire, they can no longer afford the premiums for the health insurance, so end up at their most vulnerable time without it! Is it right to let some one die because they can't afford the treatment? Well on a humanitarian point of view, no. On a darwinian evolution point of view, yes! But then, these are recent situations we have created ourselves - and if we start selecting upon our criteria who can live on who can make the most money, are we creating a society that is then unfit for the next set of conditions that might occur? Who knows. I'm about to get banned now for going off topic....! Sorry Paul!