Universal Health Care : A Founding Principle That Has Been Affected Since The 1980 ' S

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Universal Health Care is a founding principle that has been affected since the 1980’s. Universal Health Care represents that everyone who lives within Great Britain has the entitlement to use the NHS. They should be able to use all services that are provided by the NHS without any problem whatsoever. The Universal Health Care has been beneficial to Great Britain for increasing the quality of care and also life expectancy, as well as creating advancements in treatments and surgeries. However, with policy changes since the 1980’s, this right has been badly affected. The ability for everyone to receive all health care changed when the new labour government came into power in 1997. Allyson Pollock argued that ‘Under New Labour’ rather than re-establish and reconstruct ‘the NHS’s founding values’, it would create ‘new market solutions’. What this meant was that expense was increased rather than decreased for people. It caused higher amounts of problems for those with low income. Treatments previously complimentary on behalf of the NHS would ‘be charged for’. This impacted the poor because now the only way to get these services would be through ‘the private sector, for those able to afford them’. This is unfair to those who cannot pay for these treatments because this means they will miss out on treatment which they require. NHS Plc: The Privatisation of Our Health Care By Allyson Pollock, Colin Leys, David Price Page 35

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