The line that lefty MPs have taken saying this will increae inequality because only the rich and savvy will do it is flawed on so many levels. First up by acknowledging that fact they concede that the NHS is not good enough. Second if someone takes less money for an operation abroad they are leaving more money in the NHS and relieving capacity for those that cannot go abroad. In fact such a scheme would probably improve the NHS not just because it would have to face real competition but because it would start to relieve it's creaking doors.
However I digress. The real reason for this post is to point out the absurd contradiction of this EU policy with it's stated environmental emission targets. On the one hand they want people to travel by air less and then on the other they want to open up the health market whioch, by definition will increase travel by air, train and car. For mew at least this policy brings into focus the fact that environmental policies are driven far more by politics than the so-called 'scientific consensus'