Time to Create an IHS

I was recently struck by an idea: if we in the UK benefit from a National Health Service, which guarantees healthcare for all, regardless of one’s ability to pay, why not take the next step and set up an International Health Service, possibly through the UN, guaranteeing healthcare for all worldwide? As Aneuran Bevan, who founded the NHS, himself said, “No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.” Surely that applies no less to human society as a whole. An IHS would allow humanity to coordinate it’s responses to crises like the pandemic, as well as making sure everyone gets the healthcare they need. Quite how such a body would work or be funded I’m not sure, yet surely the last year has shown us the necessity of working together on issues which do not recognise national borders. The NHS is the last remaining virtue of the UK; the only thing we lead the world on. Let’s take the next step and export it to the rest of the world.

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