There will be a two-tier system, basic health care for the poor with long waiting lists etc etc and the rich will just pay for private health insurance.
LG - Actually, there has been a two-tier system for a long time now. You won't discover this unless you want treatment for something which has a long waiting list, ie. rationing except that you are given an end date ( which can be put back as the date approaches).
For example, try getting a knee op or a hip replacement.
I did one time get a knee op via private insurance because of the long NHS wait list, and it was a real eye opener. It was all done and over with within a few weeks. The day that I first met the private consultant I also got all the tests, xrays, etc at the same time. No running back and forwards to the hospital for multiple appointments for tests. Just like going through a well-oiled machine with tea and biscuits as well. This same consultant also worked within the NHS, so ultimately my operation would have been the same on the NHS, but the overall ease of the experience was like night and day.
For our American friends I probably should explain that UK health insurance does not normally include the cost of drugs self- administered at home, which is different to the US. There are some exceptions, notably cancer drugs, but not hepC. So UK private health insurance is not much good for hepC. It will of course work for treatments you might need in a hospital, for which the underlying cause is hepC.
As far as UK private health insurance goes, it is getting increasingly expensive to get the kind of coverage that would be any good to you. When I was researching going to an Indian International hospital for hepC treatment I also got an eye opener, re the state of the art facilities, the superb training of some of the doctors, and the very affordable prices for all this. I think there are some instances where going to India might be the best option for treatment rather than either the NHS or UK private insurance - dental treatment for example, or anything which has a long wait list for which you feel you cannot wait. Of course, you need to be well enough to travel.