Saturday, September 24, 2011

The National Health Service Reform Issues

Of course the British Public was happy with the National Health Service (NHS). Who would sneeze at free health care?

Let's not forget Economist P. J. O'Rourke's adage: "If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free."

Cameron's conservative coalition is facing this grim reality of a generous state that has run out of other people's money. Public subsidized healthcare is a bust, too expensive for the state to compensate.

The Cameron Coalition must make bold forays into British privatization, much like the Iron Lady who took on the unions and won!

Efficiency is key. Let the GPS (family doctors) have more control over outlaying budgets, even if their technical expertise is less expansive.

Modernization -- instill and install measures and technologies that will expedite and treat health care problems. Why take longer to do the obvious. Innovation, requires alacrity and open-mindedness, two aspects of a free market system based on competition.

Patient Choice -- critical in order to reward those firms doing well by their patients as opposed to those which fail to provide adequate care.

Decentralization -- life and death decisions cannot be made by far-flung bean counters more interested in maintaining the financial bottom line for its offices.

Yes to all three. But which one's to push first? And how? Will the Cameron Coalition agree to a long-term plan, especially against the rising backlash of state dependents who still propagate, dominate, and instigate the growing underclass of welfare recipients in the country?

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