Well I'm a bit disappointed at the lack of response from our lot!
Like Hurdy I can only comment on the way the system has affected me and my feelings about it's effectiveness.
The NHS has suffered from massive financial neglect by previous governments and as a result was unable to provide the total level of cover as envisaged by the Bevan lead Government that initiated it.
Current investment has been massively increased and should, and is easing the strains on the system.
Funding for the system is obstensibly provided by via "National Heath Insurance" payments deducted from the wages of working population, although separate Government funding is provided. None working citizens get help free of charge!This includes prescription charges for drugs
Free medical care is provided to anyone of any nationality in any situation without fear or recourse to eligibility or ability to pay who is currently in the UK for any illness.(including transient persons)
Private medical care is also available in line with US practices of medical insurance cover and is used by some of the population that can or choses to use it. It should be noted that a proportion of serious"Private" cases allegedly end up being cared for by the NHS.
On a personal note
Both in laws
Triple bye-pass surgery in their 60's Free, all medication Free, all suport and rehabilitation Free,
Time taken to re-act to their condition and treatment immediate!
This sums up the NHS you pay when you can when working and are greatful when hard times come or get old you will be taken care of!