What you describe is exactly what we want to avoid. A lot of German healthcare is still publicly funded, the NHS is cheaper. The German system has some advantages and disadvantages, however no private health care system will cover palliative care, which is arguably the most expensive care you need at a stage of life when you really can't afford to do without.Much as I dislike the idea, the time of 'free at the point of delivery' for the NHS is passing.
As long as it's not done like the system in the USA and more like the system in Germany then it may not be a massive loss
In Germany everyone gets a (free) annual check up. This actually saves money as issues are caught earlier.
If you don't turn up for your annual check up then you have a sum deducted from your salary. (in effect, taxed)
You also pay a fixed sum to visit a GP, again if you don't turn up, you pay the bill.
I can see that the NHS will turn into the health system of last resort, anyone with a remotely decent job will get private health insurance.
My one proviso is people with issues that they were born with or developed through no fault of their own should be treated the best possible way, free of charge, for ever.
However something that is self inflicted, then a charge should be made, ideally by taxing the person either by either increased NI or IHT
Plus, on a track, there's generally a lot of run-off area; grass/gravelWhy the arbitrary figure of 70mph?
I used to regularly race bikes at over 150mph with no problems.
I've come off a bike at over 100mph on a couple of occasions and walked away.
I've also seen someone high side at 30mph and get killed by the impact. Speed is not the only factor
Because that's the maximum limit on the roads and thus, imo, the rider is putting them at a risk beyond that which the law expects.
If you were doing 100mph on a public road and injured, personally my sympathy would be more limited than if you were doing 70 on a motorway or DC or 30 in a 30 limit
If doing it on a track, then you have chosen to take that risk and presumably are insured to be riding at that speed on that track... in which case, maybe your insurance should cover the cost of your care if injured and not the NHS (maybe you did have insurance to cover full private HC). Just a musing. We expect the NHS to patch us up whether there was heightened risk or not. whether something was avoidable or not. Unfortunately, those finite resources may mean that in the future, this is no longer the case. Controversial perhaps, but it's the reality as we live longer and the population grows