Health service is payed by insurance companies and/or insurance foundations. We'll have a new system here in NL, in 2 months: Insurance companies may not refuse possible clients; it's compulsary to have an insurance; The poor get a (tax-funded) addition. Seems fair to me. I think the British NHS is a tiny bit backward. I doubt electricity plants are tax-funded. There are tax-funds for subsidies for new methods though.