Wednesday, August 03, 2005

New report on NHS speaks poorly for the single payer system

A recent lengthy report on the British NHS is a good source of ammunition for those who believe that a single payer system for health care is not the way to go. If you live in Wales private insurance may be the way to go if you can afford it as 36 % of patients have a six month wait for an operation. Wales also seems a poor choice of place to have a heart attack as the report indicates no hospital in Wales administered the thrombolytic agent within the hour time guidelines suggest.The report documents considerable regional variation in health quality indicators indicating that single payer system are not immune to this phenomenon of variation which has received much criticism this side of the Atlantic.

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