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EU flagLets look into the effect the EU has on our decision making. The  EU affects our daily lives in many ways, but in respect of the big issues then maybe not so much.

One area which often affects our lives in a major way is health care. We have our NHS and we think it is the envy of most of the world. The EU has no influence over how we fund it, or how we run it.

Every country in the EU decides its own health policy, for better for worse. The EU does produces guide lines and targets but these are only for guidance, they are goals and there are no penalties if we do not attain them.

The French have a healthcare system described as one of universal health care largely financed by government national health insurance. In its 2000 assessment of world health care systems, the  World Health Organisation (WHO) found that France provided the “close to best overall health care” in the world. In 2011, France spent 11.6% of GDP on health care, or US$4,086 per capita, a figure much higher than the average spent by other countries in Europe but less than in the US. Approximately 77% of health expenditures are covered by government funded agencies.

The WHO lists all countries in what they think is the order of best health care provision. This might surprise you.

World Health Organization Ranking; The World’s Health Systems
1 France
2 Italy
3 San Marino
4 Andorra
5 Malta
6 Singapore
7 Spain
8 Oman
9 Austria
10 Japan
11 Norway
12 Portugal
13 Monaco
14 Greece
15 Iceland
16 Luxembourg
17 Netherlands
18 United Kingdom
19 Ireland
20 Switzerland


To see the full list click WHO rankings

So we are eighteenth and that is because the UK electorate are free to vote for a government who implement a health car system without any influence from the EU and we get what we vote for.

Oh by the way……..

Since September 2006, the EU Directive 2003/20/EC has stated that children up to the height of 135cm or those who are under 12 years of age must be buckled down by a booster seat when travelling in a car. If not, drivers can be fined up to £500 for their breach of this Directive.

Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children aged 4–8 years when compared with seat belt use alone

The UK  government could have introduced this legislation, but they did not.  It was imposed on us by virtue of being a member of the EU. An example of our rights to decide our laws being usurped by Brussels.

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This is the 12th in this series, do look back at the previous items to gain more information about the effect the EU has on Britain and you.