Britain Plans to ‘Decentralize’ National Health Service

Posted on July 25, 2010

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Huh. What a shocker–nationalized health care isn’t working very well in Britain as the country fights off its growing debt.  The New York Times reports:

Perhaps the only consistent thing about Britain’s socialized health care system is that it is in a perpetual state of flux, its structure constantly changing as governments search for the elusive formula that will deliver the best care for the cheapest price while costs and demand escalate.
Even as the new coalition government said it would make enormous cuts in the public sector, it initially promised to leave health care alone. But in one of its most surprising moves so far, it has done the opposite, proposing what would be the most radical reorganization of the National Health Service, as the system is called, since its inception in 1948.

Practical details of the plan are still sketchy. But its aim is clear: to shift control of England’s $160 billion annual health budget from a centralized bureaucracy to doctors at the local level.

Isn’t it interesting that the rest of the world seems to be learning their lessons–from Britain to Greece–that centralized government management is no match for private sector efficiency? 

Meanwhile, under the “leadership” of President Obama, the U.S. continues to walk into the burning building that is big-government policy, yet the New York Time remains clueless when it comes to making this connection.

Currently, how and where patients are treated, and by whom, is largely determined by decisions made by 150 entities known as primary care trusts — all of which would be abolished under the plan, with some of those choices going to patients. It would also abolish many current government-set targets, like limits on how long patients have to wait for treatment. …

Posted by : Meredith Jessup 
MORE…..townhall.com/

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