My wife has Crohns, even though its life long and requires medication we pay the pescriptions in the UK and will continue to pay in OZ. Its just one of those things. Problem with the UK is we are getting the "equivelent level of care in my opinion or in someone elses more care but its not a true comparison. The UK has a massive deficit of about £70billion per year and thats after the recent cuts. This will have to come down in the next few years to £0. This will mean freebies like perscriptions, winter fuel allowance, will go and extra charges getting brought in for the NHS, doctors & A&E appointments ect. This alone will not sort out the deficit so there is a real chance of NI contributions and income tax being raised. In other words the Uk as a country spends beyond its means, and has no major exports such as comodities to balance this out. Oz does have comodities but still balances the books better then the UK.
When the UK balances its books in my opinion we will be gald to be in Oz.