Re: The Tories want to break the NHS
>if we all took more responsibility for ourselves, it would ease a huge burden on the NHS<
Most healthcare is a luxury not a money saver. If we recognised this we could have a sensible conversation about funding. Instead we remainl caught in the delusion at the outset of the NHS in 1948 - that it would get cheaper after a few years because everyone would be cured, fitter and economically productive.
Consider it was cheaper for the TaxPayer/Government when more people smoked like troopers, paid National Insurance and tobacco duty all their lives and then obligingly croaked with heart attacks or lung cancer before drawing their state pensions.
What's killing the NHS (other than rising expectations and more expensive treatment options) is people surviving longer with treatments for long term conditions - which (now) take a very long time to finish you off. I'd argue that's a great thing. However it's not saving money. It's a luxury - and we can choose how much of it we spend on it.
If great healthcare saved money you'd find some of the best healthcare systems in the poorest countries.
Consider we could cure or eliminate all cancers and heart disease - that would leave most everyone surviving to acquire senile dementias - which is the greatest social and economic health burden of all.