That their health system is stuck in the 1930s?
Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the BMA’s hospital consultant committee, said…….
Dr Porter said in an interview with The Guardian: “Very deliberately the government wishes to turn back the clock to the 1930s and 1940s, when there were private, charitable and co-operative providers of healthcare.
\”But that system failed to provide comprehensive and universal service for the citizens of this country. That\’s why health was nationalised. But they\’re proposing to go back to the days before the NHS.”
Or perhaps someone should point out to Dr. Porter the inanity of his statement.
For the French health care system (the one, recall, which is routinely described as the best in the world) relies upon exactly that mix of charitable, for profit, co-operative and government direct provision to run that health care system.
What differentiates the French system from the UK system circa 1930 is the universality of insurance that the French have, not the single monolithic supplier of services that is the NHS.
Which leads to us to an interesting questions. If that French system, depending as it does upon a fractured supply network (one that therefore allows, indeed insists upon competition between suppliers) but a unitary financing network, produces the best health care system in the world, what actually is wrong with moving the NHS to the system that produces the best health care system in the world?
Again, if government paying for health care through a competitive market, through a mixture of both providers and types of provider, produces the best health care system in the world, why aren\’t we doing that with the NHS?