Continentals view the NHS with horror

In England, writes Dalrymple,

the hold on the intelligentsia of statist solutions to practically all problems is still immensely strong.

Nowhere is this more evident than in its attitude to the National Health Service,

the establishment of which it almost universally regards as having been a great achievement, perhaps Britain’s only great achievement of the 20th century. This is despite all the evidence that it has not been egalitarian in its effect, as it was originally supposed to be, or that almost all Western European health systems are superior.

The fact that all other Western Europeans regard the NHS

with at least disdain, and more usually with absolute horror, does nothing to shake the British intelligentsia’s faith in the essential goodness of the NHS. The only perceived problem with it is that it is underfunded: the same problem as with all other government services.

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