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The end of the NHS?

To misquote Glenn Reynolds: "They said if I voted Conservative it would signal the end of the NHS, and they were right!".

Lord Darzi, one of the Health Ministers, is initiating a little publicised project called Personal Health Budgets (PHB), a new way of funding NHS care for chronically ill patients.

So says Nurses for Reform. This looks as though it is the start of the introduction of Singapore-style healthcare accounts, an idea I have long promoted. Everyone gets given a fund of money to spend on healthcare. They manage it themselves, and spend it how and when they like.

It's not a panacea, of course, but it's better than the alteratives.



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But there's no democratic mandate for this. That's not what millions of people made NI contributions and accept taxes for.
Jun 7, 2009 at 7:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterDavidNcl

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