So just to clarify. The NHS is FREE at the point of delivery. i.e If I become ill and need a doctor, an ambulance, surgery (excluding dental surgery - but this is part funded by the NHS), prescribed medication from the drug store, no one asks me for insurance or payment.
Currently basic Income Tax is set at 20% more for higher earners
National Insurance Contributions 12% of income
Value Added Tax (on most purchased items) 20%
I am in retirement now. So I no longer pay NI and although I still pay Income Tax the amount I pay is much reduced. National Insurance Contributions which I paid during all the years I worked go towards maintaining the NHS as does some portion of Income Tax. However I am repaid some of my NI Contributions as part of my State pension.
So, Yes it’s true there is a charge but in no way do we have to pay out the vast sums you guy’s do in the US.
I see ALL Governments wasting vast sums of cash on some pet projects But it’s up to the People to instruct the politicians what the People want and whats best for the Country, and as @Mark_Rocka pointed out the vote on Brexit and the most recent General Election told the EU and the Labour, Liberal and SNP Remainer’s in no uncertain terms that when you call a referendum you need to listen to the People and stick with the result.
In the UK, Government Ministers are the Servants of the People. If the people don’t like what the Government is doing they Lobby politicians, express No Confidence in the Government if that doesn’t work they vote down the Government at the General Election.
If the cost of medical insurance is crippling your country then the People need to instruct the politicians that things need to change.
Footnote. One other important point about NI Contributions If I was out of work I would receive unemployment benefit, and other benefits depending on my circumstances for a defined number of weeks. I still would have full access to the NHS service at no cost…