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GPs expected to provide 24/7 'decision support' under proposed out-of-hours revamp

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@Ruth Capocci I wish people would stop harping on about how great the NHS is and that it is a world leader.It may be the best "health system ever" if you have never contributed a single penny towards it like most of my council estate patients but if you're a taxpayer you're badly let down by it.You will spend most of your working life paying into it and when the time comes for you to get something back you will find that the services just aren't there or very severely curtailed.Having worked in the States (at the Mayo in Rochester) i can tell you that the NHS is definitely NOT A WORLD LEADER. If the health service was operating in a free market environment then the services would have adapted to the needs of their clients but in that instance you have a direct linkage between supply and demand.You want more you pay more.In a socialist structure like the NHS the resources are just not there to meet the unfettered demands of the populace without bankrupting the country.My solution would be to firstly make the tax system transparent so that we know exactly how much is being payed towards the NHS and then to allow the taxpayer to opt out of it entitling them to offset any health insurance premiums against tax.For the rest of the population which is unemployable there should be a very limited emergency service only such as the one offered by the Medicaid programme in the States.

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20 Jun 2013

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1:56pm

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