The UK has been running a publicly-funded healthcare system since 1948 imaginatively named the National Health Service (NHS). As GorT was trolling his tech sites this morning – yes, tech sites – he came across a discussion pointing at a few reports out of the UK regarding the NHS’ costs, services, and their future.
The first report is in The Independent and states that British officials are warning that free care at the point of service may become a thing of the past.
“Given that demand continues to rise, drugs cost more, and NHS inflation is higher than general inflation, the NHS is facing a funding gap estimated at up to £30bn by 2020.”
That’s $4.8558 Billion in current US Dollars. That’s the funding gap….in a country with a slightly higher effective tax rate than the United States. But I’m sure we can drop another couple hundred million on a website or two and it’ll all work just fine.
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.