The National Health Service, But For How Much Longer?

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THE NHS - THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE; BUT FOR HOW MUCH LONGER?
The NHS, as we have known it since its establishment by the post war labour government in 1948, is being transformed before our very eyes. For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, opticians and many other medical professionals were brought together under one organisation to provide services free at the point of delivery.
The central principle was that health services will be available to all and financed entirely from taxation and it has been an article of faith in British politics ever since. Since then it has been at the heart of all political manifestos to vow that the NHS is "safe" and would not be "privatised".
Privatisation, however, is a confusing concept. Some argue that it involves opening up NHS services to more private competition. Others believe that "privatisation" would only apply if Britain completely abolished the NHS and adopted a US-style private health insurance system instead and that the NHS 's status as the "sacred national treasure" is blocking meaningful debate about its future.
Competition is a dubious word in the NHS. Opposition to competition and private providers seems to be a uniquely British obsession especially when compared to the diversity of healthcare providers commonly found throughout Europe.

In Germany for example a third of hospitals are run by the government, a third by charities and a third by private companies. Sweden has invited private…

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