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When healthcare spend is rising and rising as a percentage of GDP—which is the case for most countries—the affordability of care comes into question, as we so often see played out in headlines across the globe. The problem is not isolated to the UK. Unless things change, the only way to sustain the position is to ensure GDP grows faster than the growth in healthcare. The other, less palatable, option is for healthcare to be rationed. While, for example, the UK and the US health systems are different, the UK does have a cost of healthcare per head of less than half of that in the US—two countries separated by an ocean are suffering the same underlying dilemma: increase spend on healthcare versus reduce spend on healthcare. It is not a matter of choosing one approach over the other; both have their flaws.