In 1948, the NHS was born out of the noble ideal that no one should be denied treatment because of their inability to pay for it. Since then times have changed. The society we live in is very different from that of 1948; we have all become more prosperous (though there is still poverty) and enjoy a far higher standard of living. The NHS, too, has changed; there are many treatments available now that could not have been dreamed of in 1948 – they are effective but expensive!
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