Do the healthcare systems in other countries cope better? Do we need to look at European or Scandinavian models of funding and managing healthcare? What savings could be generated by greater investment in preventative medicine?
Mortality is right down.
Morbidity is way up.
The elderly aren't dying of tobacco related lung cancers, industrial injury, malnutrition or TB a couple of years after retiring.
They are dying at the end of their natural span with a host of annoying, expensive but non fatal manageable conditions.
The services they require tend to be long term social care. This is more expensive than a couple of weeks in hospital then home.
The biggest avoidable costs are all public health issues.(Which is cheap, but politically unpopular).
The NHS is not really a "health "service. It is an "illness management" service.