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Kristian Niemietz
25 June 2014
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‘The NHS has been declared the world's best healthcare system by an international panel of experts who rated its care superior to countries which spend far more on health’, a...
Kristian Niemietz
31 March 2014
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In health policy, a good rule of thumb for distinguishing nonsense from arguments that deserve a hearing is to ask oneself whether one would accept the same logic in other sectors. This formula...
Kristian Niemietz
19 February 2014
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In a new book entitled Pensions: Policies, New Reforms and Current Challenges, there is a chapter by two authors who readers of this blog may be familiar with, which makes the case for a restoration...
Tom Miers
13 December 2013
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  That’s a question many have asked and few have answered convincingly. But one Swedish think tank has produced an index of healthcare performance in Europe and its 2013 results were...
Kristian Niemietz
7 November 2013
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During the US presidential election campaign, Mitt Romney was frequently scorned for his awkward stance on Obamacare. He lambasted Obamacare rhetorically, but it was well known that as Governor of...
Kristian Niemietz
1 November 2013
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  The NHS’s internal system of handling patients’ complaints is broken, argues a new government report published by a commission headed by Labour MP Ann Clwyd. Patients who file a...
Kyn Aizlewood
1 July 2013
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Every winter, the demand for local A&E services rises, reflecting a range of underlying epidemiological factors as well as choices that we make in order to access healthcare. The press has widely...
Kristian Niemietz
26 June 2013
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Would you like to receive something for free? Or would you prefer to pay for it, out of your own pocket? Phrased in those terms, the issue of top-up payments for medical treatments appear to be a no-...
Kristian Niemietz
5 April 2013
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Critics of the NHS often find it frustrating how emotional many otherwise completely reasonable people become when it comes to the health service. True, healthcare is always and everywhere an...
Philip Booth
4 April 2013
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Nigel Lawson once said that the NHS is the closest thing the English have to a religion. Of course, we also have the established church. And, indeed, the established church seems to see the NHS as...
Philip Booth
7 February 2013
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  James Buchanan pointed out that the problem with much policy-related economics is that it assumes one type of human person in the market place (the imperfectible human being generally...
Grant Maclaine
2 August 2012
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During discussions about reform of the National Health Service (NHS), reference is often made to the state of US healthcare. Defenders of the UK status quo, who oppose the introduction of market...
Philip Booth
13 April 2012
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  Last month, the IEA co-published Lost Causes by Deepak Lal. The book can be bought from the IEA here. It was interesting to see, in the wake of the 2012 budget, various think tanks and...
Ruth Porter
6 March 2012
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  The very language of cuts has been markedly austere and depressing. It is now well established that the reductions the government will make to overall spending are actually tiny. Carving...
Richard Wellings
23 January 2012
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The National Health Service enjoys strong support among the public, making it almost impossible to introduce radical reforms, even if the performance of the NHS is relatively poor compared with...
Kristian Niemietz
15 June 2011
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Advocates of a denationalisation of healthcare frequently come across the objection that healthcare is not amenable to individual choice. People may be trusted to make sensible decisions when it...
Mark Pennington
11 March 2011
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European commentators on US healthcare are often misguided in their description of the American system as a ‘free market’ model – when that system involves significant levels of...
Nick Hayns
22 February 2011
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Last night’s really rather depressing Dispatches programme, on Channel 4, ended with a rousing signal to arms, a clarion call from journalist Mark Sparrow for there to be “a patients...
Kristian Niemietz
4 February 2011
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One of the most important skills in the political tug-of-war is the ability of those involved in debate to convey the impression that their personal interests are really the interests of...
David Cowan
18 January 2011
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Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Bill promises the biggest top down reorganisation of the NHS since its inception. This is a consummation of the reforms that have been implemented since...