Originally Posted by Hazzle
Oh...and I agree with Private-Public partnership, utilising business models of private medicine to make the NHS more efficient, ring fencing...but no, not private healthcare for all.
I'd much rather cut down the amount the government spends on spin...oh...and deal with the 7 billion worth of benefit fraud that we KNOW about that goes on every year...the figure could be 5 or 6 times as much...sure it's not quite 50 billion, but the fact is, we'd probably hardly notice the tax cuts with how much we'd pay for health insurance...it wouldn't be cheaper.
It'd also inspire people to seek treatment MUCH later...because the more insurance is used, the more the premium goes up...everyone knows that. Imagine all the cancer patients who'd not get checked until it was too late?
I agree with you about most of that, but I still think that we could at least investigate the thought of being radical about the NHS. We're too afraid to think of something outrageously different just because nobody's had a real think about it yet.
And I agree that my beliefs about NHS reform do beg a lot of questions, e.g. would this make all healthcare private healthcare; what if I blow all my spare thousands on gambling and tobacco?!
But I do think that a lot of people are afraid of thinking radically about this for fear of it going horribly wrong.