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Is health insurance set to become mandatory?

As we covered in our earlier article today it seems as though there is a move towards allowing patients to 'top up' their NHS treatment to pay for drugs which may not be readily available on the NHS. But is this a good move or the first step towards mandatory health insurance for everyone in the UK?

There has long been a feeling that health insurance will at some stage become mandatory for each and every person in the UK, much the same as car insurance is for those who drive on the roads. There are also similarities with the pensions industry and the encouragement which the government gives the public to seek further income for their later years, with their own personal pensions. While a personal or employer pension may not be mandatory it may as well be with the state pension having fallen in real terms for some time!

While it would take a brave government to move down this route with regards to health insurance it looks as though slowly but surely we are moving along that path. Of course they will tell the UK population it is for their own good, they will say it is well worth the premiums but really it will be used as a sledge hammer to take some of the pressure off the over stretched and underfunded NHS.

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