K read the piece. I thought it was good.
The UKs problems are partly about funding. But also partly about ageing. Old people go to the doctors a lot. Its not surprising, cos everything hurts, and because there is no real cure for their ills. If you go to the GPs in the UK you will see lots of old people waiting. One of the questions that exists in the UK is how to persuade people that actually the problem you have is not fixable and you will just have to suck it up and suffer.
Of course there are also people who have fixable problems. But there are lots of people who are in pain, and have real problems but they cannot be fixed.
One way of looking at this problem is to say that we as a society commit to allocate more of our resources to these people. I am in favor of that. But some people would argue that there are limits to this in an ageing population environment. In which case you will need some mechanism to provide some gentle disincentive to going to the doctors.
And mind who you call a neo-liberal. I’ve been a marxist since 1985.