I\’m not sure about the way that Dan Roberts seems to admire the Massachusetts health care plans: reading the US blogs it seems to be a wildly expensive and bureacratic approach. Still, on the matter of reforming the NHS he says:
The trick is to tap into that desire for self-improvement while making sure everyone gets a decent minimum standard of care for real illnesses.
Indeed: after the basic point that there\’s absolutely no good reason why the State should both pay for and actually provide the health care services, the latter can be better done by private enterprises, what we want is to try and harness the desire of some people to spend more upon their health and allow them to do so.
This means allowing them to top up their NHS treatment, instead of the at present system whereby if you try to do so you lose the NHS treatment you\’ve already paid for through the tax you\’ve paid.