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Why do you think Jeremy Hunt wants to put a price tag on prescription medicines, along with the line “Funded by the UK taxpayer”?

Do you really think it’s to achieve the stated aim, to “reduce waste by reminding people of the cost of medicine, but also improve patient care by boosting adherence to drug regimes”? If so, please think again.

The intention is to encourage healthy people to resent paying for expensive medicines that are taken by the very ill who – they’ll believe – don’t put any money towards it themselves.

Hunt is hoping that this will nudge people away from supporting the National Health Service and towards private care, with everybody having to pay for their own healthcare, no matter whether they are able to do so or not.

It’s a suicidal proposition, as Harry Leslie Smith (who remembers life before the NHS) will happily testify.

But then, the Tories convinced enough people to vote for them that they managed to get a Parliamentary majority in this year’s election, so it seems there is much that is suicidal about the people of the UK.

In any case, Hunt is hoping people forget that the vast majority of UK tax is paid indirectly, via VAT and other methods – and sick people contribute to that form of taxation just as much as the healthy.

Hunt also fails to take into account the fact that he, also, is funded by the UK taxpayer – with his Cabinet ministerial salary of £145,000+.

Perhaps we should label him, to remind everybody that they pay for his silliness as well.

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