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#1 jakem1

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 19:56

 

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.

 

The same study also castigated healthcare provision in the US as the worst globally. Despite putting the most money into health, America denies care to many patients in need because they do not have health insurance and is also the poorest at saving the lives of people who fall ill, it found.

 

The report has been produced by the Commonwealth Fund, a Washington-based foundation which is respected around the world for its analysis of the performance of different countries' health systems. It examined an array of evidence about performance in 11 countries, including detailed data from patients, doctors and the World Health Organisation.

 

"The United Kingdom ranks first overall, scoring highest on quality, access and efficiency," the fund's researchers conclude in their 30-page report. Their findings amount to a huge endorsement of the health service, especially as it spends the second-lowest amount on healthcare among the 11 – just £2,008 per head, less than half the £5,017 in the US. Only New Zealand, with £1,876, spent less.

 

In the Commonwealth Fund study the UK came first out of the 11 countries in eight of the 11 measures of care the authors looked at. It got top place on measures including providing effective care, safe care, co-ordinated care and patient-centred care. The fund also rated the NHS as the best for giving access to care and for efficient use of resources.

 

The only serious black mark against the NHS was its poor record on keeping people alive. On a composite "healthy lives" score, which includes deaths among infants and patients who would have survived had they received timely and effective healthcare, the UK came 10th. The authors say that the healthcare system cannot be solely blamed for this issue, which is strongly influenced by social and economic factors. Although the NHS came third overall for the timeliness of care, its "short waiting times" were praised. "There is a frequent misperception that trade-offs between universal coverage and timely access to specialised services are inevitable. However, the Netherlands, UK and Germany provide universal coverage with low out-of-pocket costs while maintaining quick access to speciality services,", the report added.

 

The NHS also outperforms the other countries – which include France, Germany and Canada – in managing the care of people who are chronically ill, the report said.

 

 

 

Read the rest at http://www.theguardi...n/17/nhs-health

 

I hope the Tories pay attention to this and stop trying to turn the NHS into a US-style mess.




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Posted 17 June 2014 - 19:58

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 20:05

A better system would be where people took more care of their own health.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 20:06

I hope the Tories pay attention to this and stop trying to turn the NHS into a US-style mess.

Agreed. It's disgusting what the Tories are doing to the NHS - it won't remain the best for long if they continue with the savage cuts and privatisation.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 20:16

A better system would be where people took more care of their own health.

Yeah, because cancer, broken bones, appendicitis and heart attacks are all best treated at home.  :rolleyes:

 

Health services are essential to modern economies. Shifting the blame onto the individuals doesn't address the underlying problem. It shouldn't surprise anyone that the US ranked bottom given the immense opposition to universal healthcare.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 20:25

Yeah, because cancer, broken bones, appendicitis and heart attacks are all best treated at home.  :rolleyes:

 

Health services are essential to modern economies. Shifting the blame onto the individuals doesn't address the underlying problem. It shouldn't surprise anyone that the US ranked bottom given the immense opposition to universal healthcare.

 

to his defence, he did say "more", which means currently more then they do now, but not "all". I know many people that are their own personal worst enemies when it comes to health and are/will be a major drain to healthcare.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 20:38

to his defence, he did say "more", which means currently more then they do now, but not "all". I know many people that are their own personal worst enemies when it comes to health and are/will be a major drain to healthcare.

 

Agreed. So many people go to A&E and Hospitals for pitiful illnesses and conditions.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 21:09

Yeah, because cancer, broken bones, appendicitis and heart attacks are all best treated at home.  :rolleyes:
 


Much can be done at home to prevent diseases in the first place.

Acting like 'I have no control over my life' is just plain foolish.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 21:25

Much can be done at home to prevent diseases in the first place.

Acting like 'I have no control over my life' is just plain foolish.

But that has nothing to do with health systems, that relates to education and personal responsibility.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 21:26

Nah, the NHS was the best but isn't anymore. Half the places displaying NHS logos are not NHS, as in, they're run by private companies under contract for the NHS and are complete sub-standard messes which need to be eradicated.

I don't see the NHS improving any time soon since the introduction of more private contracts being offered/awarded.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 21:40

I just found this line funny

 

The only serious black mark against the NHS was its poor record on keeping people alive.

 

I generally agree that the NHS is a good system though. 



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 00:02

But that has nothing to do with health systems, that relates to education and personal responsibility.

 

true enough, but that is what he was actually implying "health" as a whole and not just one aspect/system. Well, the way I read it anyway.



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:34

Yeah, because cancer, broken bones, appendicitis and heart attacks are all best treated at home.  :rolleyes:

 

Health services are essential to modern economies. Shifting the blame onto the individuals doesn't address the underlying problem. It shouldn't surprise anyone that the US ranked bottom given the immense opposition to universal healthcare.

 

I believe you may have misunderstood his statement.  I think he may have been referring to people taking better care of themselves via diet and exercise, etc.  Preventative care should be part of any health care system, a very important part.



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 06:31

Much can be done at home to prevent diseases in the first place.

Acting like 'I have no control over my life' is just plain foolish.

 

Most accidents happen IN the home.



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 06:35

I believe you may have misunderstood his statement.  I think he may have been referring to people taking better care of themselves via diet and exercise, etc.  Preventative care should be part of any health care system, a very important part.

 

There are many ways in which the NHS could better utilise its funding.  Take the current "obesity epidemic". Billions are being spent treating people for obesity and all its related medical problems such as diabetes and heart disease etc.  They could save that by investing millions on proper dietary education in schools, providing subsidised gym memberships for those that need it, stopping food production corps from filling their products with unnecessary sugars and fats, all sorts of things like that.

 

Currently, we're just treating the symptoms, not the cause.





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