Britain's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt arrives in Downing Street in London, January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
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U.S. President Donald Trump drew a fierce reaction from angry Britons, including Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, Monday after criticizing Britain's publicly funded health care system as "going broke and not working". Trump used Britain's National Health Service to make a domestic political point arguing against the provision of universal health care, but in doing so was perceived to have bad-mouthed a system held dear by his country's closest ally.Britain's health system delivers free care for all.May echoed Hunt's words, saying she was proud of the system and pointing to a Commonwealth Fund international survey which found the NHS was rated the best performing out of 11 developed countries.According to the World Bank, Britain spends 9.1 percent of its GDP on health care, compared to 17.1 percent in the U.S. Average British life expectancy is 81.6 years, nearly three years longer than in the U.S.
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