UK Warns Citizens Against Taking ‘First Steps Towards American Health Care System’

The United Kingdom’s shadow health secretary is warning British citizens that the increasing number of private medical operations performed in the UK may be leading the country “towards an American health care system.”

According to the Daily Telegraph, some public hospitals—funded by Britain’s National Health Service—are offering “standard NHS prices” for operations that are no longer offered by the government-funded system; examples include “cataract replacements, caesarean sections for non-medical reasons and knee surgery.”

Select public hospitals offering these privately funded operations argue that they open up opportunity for the general public to have access to medical care that would otherwise be unaffordable or unattainable:

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