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Austerity and what it means for practices


I'm always interested in £/head (or cost/GDP) of health services. In the USA - the most expensive health service in the world - how much is actually tax-funded (i.e. Medicare & Medicaid), how much is insurance (i.e. mainly via bulk purchase by employers, whether or not paid for by employees) and how much funded by individuals? The total cost in relation to GDP is obviously high: does anyone think that if the UK goes down the US route, this will decrease the cost of the NHS in relation to GDP? I suppose this is really part of the repositioning of *all* activities as "life-style choices" - and aligns with the Tory philosophy that, for example, having children is a life-style choice - no benefit to society as a whole - and ought to be totally funded by the individuals indulging in it.

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01 Aug 2015

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