Practical details of the plan are still sketchy. But its aim is clear: to shift control of England’s $160 billion annual health budget from a centralized bureaucracy to doctors at the local level. Under the plan, $100 billion to $125 billion a year would be meted out to general practitioners, who would use the money to buy services from hospitals and other health care providers. The plan would also shrink the bureaucratic apparatus, in keeping with the government’s goal to effect $30 billion in “efficiency savings” in the health budget by 2014 and to reduce administrative costs by 45 percent. Tens of thousands of jobs would be lost because layers of bureaucracy would be abolished. In a document, or white paper, outlining the plan, the government admitted that the changes would “cause significant disruption and loss of jobs.” But it said: “The current architecture of the health system has developed piecemeal, involves duplication and is unwieldy. Liberating the N.H.S., and putting power in the hands of patients and clinicians, means we will be able to effect a radical simplification, and remove layers of management.”This is pretty much the system that is being emplaced under ObamaCare...a federalized bureaucracy in which government employees make life and death decisions for the proletarian masses...while Congress and government employees are covered under a much better system. After decades of missuse and mismanagement, the British have finally decided to do away with much of their dreaded system.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
After 52 years of disservice, the United Kingdom has decided to close down it's nationalized health care system. Of course, the present American administration has instituted ObamaCare modeled closely after the UK's system. From Sarah Lyall and the NY Times: