I totally agree that it's the governments job to provide health care, that's a pretty big reason why we pay taxes! But it was always drummed into me growing up that when it comes to paying for yourself (healthcare, housing, whatever) those who can should, so that those who can't don't have to. So I've always been happy to pay to go private as I can afford to, rather than take up a space that could go to someone who doesn't have the same options. Wait lists are ridiculous in the public system. In a perfect world we'd all get free healthcare and there would be no need for PHI but it ain't gonna happen unfortunately!