Britons have paid 4% more for health care every year since providers were nationalized under the NHS in 1948. Is our anonymous hospital porter right that they still don't have modern functioning hospitals? That's an eye opener.

Whom does he blame? The organization running it for 73 years? Of course not, there can be no accountability for a government service. Some incapacitated bond trader is responsible, never mind quite how. Cold comfort for all those patients all those decades.

Here's a crazy idea: what if doctors weren't mummified in red tape and you could simply hire one without having to pay the salaries of a hundred bureaucrats? You know, more like dentists? You'd at least get more say about the care you get than the Brits do in their Royal Health Bureaucracy.