Some work is needed here

So too would a privatised medical service in the UK be abusive, because this is a natural monopoly where exploitation of the public and of the public purse, alongside denial of access, are the only inevitable outcomes of encroaching privatisation that permeates the NHS now.

Why is medical service a natural monopoly?

His own wife is a GP – an independent business providing medical services while being financed by taxation.

But more, why is medicine a natural monopoly? You know, given that the UK is about the only place that does treat it as such, with a monopoly provider.

Even, if it is a natural monopoly then it is impossible for second and third providers to even exist because the effect of it being a natural monopoly is that they can’t.

That is, if it is a natural monopoly then it doesn’t need defending because it can’t be attacked. The very insistence that we must defend it means that it can’t, naturally, tend toward monopoly…….

5 thoughts on “Some work is needed here”

  1. “this is a natural monopoly where exploitation of the public and of the public purse, alongside denial of access”

    That pretty much describes the NHS to a T………….does he not read what he writes? I’ve started going private for medical issues over the last few years (getting older is not to be recommended) and the level of service compared to the NHS is off the chart. If thats exploitation, give me more of it.

  2. @Jim “getting older is not to be recommended”

    I still prefer it to the alternative, but I know (painfully) what you mean.

  3. Weird, within this monopoly of supply I have in the last ten years chosen a different supplier for my GP services, a different supplier for my dental services, and a different supplier for my optician services. I didn’t realise consumer choice was an outcome of monopoly supply.

  4. I dunno but I prefer health services to be interested in pleasing their customers rather than their management, something they’re liable to do if there are other providers. What if the almost 5m awaiting surgery had health insurance to pay for operations other than the NHS?

  5. We spend on private dental treatment partly because Toniblair – for reasons I never understood – decided to undermine NHS dentistry. The practice I used, for example, suddenly declared itself a private practice.

    We also have paid for physiotherapy, the NHS service being particularly weak in these parts.

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