The National Health Service was founded 72 years ago and, overall has been positive for the UK. If the NHS was not in the UK, you would have to pay for every medical procedure you’ve ever had. To put this into perspective the average price of metal braces in the US, where there is nothing like the NHS, is $1033 (£810.20) and an Invisalign is $6000 (4705.88). These same treatments are free if you are under 18 in the UK: and so, is the NHS really that bad? Over its life the NHS has had many criticisms, including criticisms about access, waiting lists, healthcare coverage and many more; these are all very reasonable as most of these criticisms are well founded and have truth. However, some criticisms have come from the surging number of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as MRSA. However, it is not the fault of the NHS that these infections are becoming antibiotic-resistant and when they do occur the NHS does attempt to solve these problems before they get out of hand.

This is not to say that the NHS is perfect, because everyone knows it’s not. However, many countries have no health care system in place and so out of China, France, Russia, the UK and the US only two have a free health care system (France and the UK) and it would come as no surprise that China, Russia and the US have a collective average life expectancy of 75.71 years where as in the UK and France the average life expectancy is 81-82 years old. This is not meant to insult anyone who does have criticisms of the NHS because there is much to criticise but just remember how much worse life would be if the NHS was not around and did not have multiple workers who go in to hospitals on holidays and birthdays in order to make the life of me and you that bit kinder.       

During these times the NHS has got more recognition for the good it does for the citizens of the UK. However, there are still some people who are adimant on criticizing them and thier efforts.