A major donor to the Vote Leave campaign has suggested Britain moves to an insurance-based health care system – in the latest betrayal of the Brexiteers’ infamous pledge to fund the NHS.
Millionaire pub baron Tim Martin suggested the NHS is a “sacred cow” that needs to be slain in an appearance on last night’s BBC Question Time.
He said the the NHS should be treated like a “car firm” or an “agricultural economy” and “compared to other firms or other economies around the world.”
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) March 16, 2017
The die hard Brexiteer then went on to single out France, Germany and Australia as countries with “better systems” that Britain should adopt.
None of those three countries offer health care free at the point of use. Patients have to pay up front for a simple visit to the GP before being reimbursed for some or all of the cost – but that wouldn’t bother an ordinary working millionaire like Martin.
This is from a man who donated £427,600 to the Vote Leave campaign – more than enough to pay for their bus which promised to “fund our NHS” after Brexit.
But if we are going to run the NHS like a business, we won’t take any tips from Martin, who’s pub chain fell in value by £18 million as a result of the referendum.
Look at the time, it’s almost happy hour at A&E…