Saturday, July 24, 2010

Britain Plans to Decentralize Health Care

It really is strange to see conservative ideals finally prevailing in Europe because of the utter failure of liberal policies (again) while the US moves in the opposite direction. If countries were represented by a person, you would almost expect England to say to the US; 'hey buddy, you really do not want to head in that direction; been there, tried that, blew up in my face'.

"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.

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