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Commonwealth Fund healthcare report - July 21st 2017, 07:49 AM

Commonwealth Fund healthcare report:


Looks very good for the UK, but...

... the purpose of an "efficient, equitable, accessible, and high quality" healthcare system seems defeated when the "health outcomes" rank 2nd lowest.

This is in a way analogous to right vs. left wing economic theories (planned economy vs. free markets), as in, what is the point in having a controlled economy in which the state guarantees equal access to everything, equal pay, equal opportunities even, equality, equality, equality... if the standard of living is abysmally low?

This of course doesn't mean that I dismiss public healthcare as "pointless" or "destructive". After all, according to the same report, countries like Sweden managed to figure this problem out better than the UK has done.

My main point is... what's the point in doing something "efficiently" and "equitably", if the ultimate outcome sucks?

And I've lived in the UK long enough to have plenty of criticisms of the NHS, the way they ration visits to specialist doctors, the way they ration medication, and just the sheer size of the NHS means that you get lost in the bureaucracy of it sometimes. Thankfully though, patient support (PALS) actually works very well from from what I've heard. They step in on your behalf if your hospital loses your records, or similar administrative problems.

And no, when I say "rationing medication" I do not mean avoiding unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics. I understand the reasons for that (preventing superbugs from developing). If this was the case, it would apply to just antibiotics, but from my experience applies to just about everything on the NHS. Eye drops, verruca removal, visits to specialists, headache tablets, etc. It's cheaper and more efficient for me to sometimes pay for a private visit and fly to Poland to attend it. I usually do this when I'm traveling there already for some other reason though.


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