The UK health system is very different from the US - all services (operations etc) are free. No insurance claims etc.
UK health free?....the next time you go and purchase something and look at the amount of the VAT on it, think where a percentage of that tax is going.
A lot of people in Canada say that our health care is free as well but in the long run, we all pay for it in some manner.
Many drugs in Canada, like in the UK, are purchased from the pharmaceuticals by the Federal Government. They negotiate prices that are far less than what the people in the US have to pay for their drugs. And the drug companies can't just simply raise the price of a drug here without showing just cause as to why the price is going up.
For many months we have discussed how the MS drug companies operate and how they try and control the world of MS medicine. Your info of what has happened at Sheffield University is yet another example of how this takes place. Changing control of this study from the university academics to the very companies who sell the drug half way through doesn't make sense at all....unless of course you have a ve$ted intere$t in the outcome.
A few years ago Dr. Behan's report on the cost vs benefit of the CRAB drugs seriously questioned this very question. Perhaps he was on the track after all.
Take care and thanks for posting this interesting bit of information.