Welcome to a Socialist society. . .
Some will pay more; some will pay less and some will pay nothing. . .
My main gripe with the NHS surcharge is that whilst I have always contributed (in my opinion) my fair share of tax and National Insurance Contributions over the years, I still had to pay for my wife to use the NHS.
At the same time there are the “Terminally Unemployed” as I call them (Hull has a lot of them), who actively choose not to work and live a life paid for via the welfare system. These people have contributed very little, if at all to the system yet receive all the benefits. In fact, they receive slightly more as people in this position receive free NHS prescriptions, free dental etc. etc. whilst hard working folk have to pay yet again for these, if it was a level playing field it would be easier to justify in my opinion.
My opinion is that the whole immigration policy is flawed and appears now aimed to extract the maximum revenue it can, and my recent experiences for the wife’s ILR confirmed it. £2400 for the visa application, £60 for the Biometrics, extra for various time slot appointments, VIP lounges, ~£2.50 per minute phone calls etc. etc. Where does it end if we follow the price increase trajectory that i have witnessed in the past 6 years or so, £4k for visas, £3000 for NHS surcharges for 30 months?
I do agree the £625 charge is on balance very good value against private health care and don’t begrudge the money being spent on the NHS as it is intended, but realistically how much of it reaches its intended destination?
Pete & Kob