This is simply untrue. Universal healthcare is not uniquely British, nor indeed is modern medicine. Other western countries manage to keep people alive and, dare I say it, they actually perform rather better on this all important score. It may be blasphemous, but the NHS is no longer the envy of the World, nor has it been for quite some time. For example, 3,200 people die from bowel cancer every year, who had not died had they lived in the Netherlands; or the 3,000 who die from a stroke who would not have died if they lived in Switzerland.
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