Well I think not directly, but it sure has changed our society. I am old enough to remember when most women were "house wives". The entire house hold could live on ONE PERSON'S wages. There was also some one at home to look after relatives. These days rents and house prices, food, clothing, and transport have become so expensive, they take up most of TWO PEOPLE'S wages. So there is no way we could return to a one worker household, even if we wanted to. Progressive governments, seem not to have cottoned on to this simple social change, and have made little provision for helping ill people who need a little care. They have left it to the NHS A and E departments to deal with the ever increasing amount of mostly older people needing usually modest care. Every year that I can remember I have watched the |TV, and read news papers, telling me about the stress the NHS is under, and reports of cut back in services. Never once a report that things have got better, so all I can extrapolate from that is , my, what a fantastic service we must have had decades ago, that all these cuts have taken place, and people still actually get treated. Is it about time we got the politicians out of playing politics with our NHS? Well I think we should, and if you agree with me, I have a very simple way of doing that....... Over recent years VAT has brought in about the same as we spend on the NHS, so how about re:branding VAT as HAT health added tax........All proceeds spend entirely on the |NHS. If we find we need to spend more on our health, change the percentage rate we set on HAT. While we are at it, amalgamate the NHS with all social care.