Privatization In Health Care

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Physical health is important, so the majority of people will be concern on the health policy. The UK is one of the few countries to implement free health care system, the National Health Service(NHS) is the world 's largest publicly funded health service, which made UK really proud in the London Olympic Games (NHS, 2016). However, in UK, with the changing in social –economic environment, the national Healthcare system is facing a number of inefficient problems and contradiction between doctors and patients is increase, these lead to citizen’s dissatisfaction. As a result, UK’s government must implement health care reform. With some citizen seeking a change from private enterprise, replacing NHS by privatization is a way needs to be consider. …show more content…
(Department of health, 2010) NHS constitutes by primary, secondary and tertiary care. General practitioners provide primary services, they are responsible for presentation and ailment treatment. Specialist physicians in hospitals are responsible for secondary and tertiary services. If patients have an ailment, firstly, they need to make an appointment with General practitioners. This system regardless of how much personal income, remains free of use for everyone resident in the UK. This is currently have more than 1.5 million employees and deals with over 100 million patients every 36 hours. (NHS, 2016) Compare with NHS, Brekke (2003) describes private health service is sector need patients to cover the costs of the medical treatment by themselves. It attracts people who are have high income. Also, private sector is self- employed and earn profits from patients. As a result, with comprehensive range of services and improve the quality of services, NHS is widespread in past …show more content…
The most prominent is short of funds, NHS expense accounts for about 10% of national budget. In recent years, because of an age population and modern lifestyle, the number of people who have chronic diseases increase and taxpayers decrease. However, increased health care cost by government can’t catch the demand ballooning. This will lead to loss of health workforce and quality of health care services decrease. The most concrete manifestation is waiting times for treatment is too long and medical equipment is too old. For example, according to statistics from in Siciliani and Michael (2013) report from OCED, in 2011, only 70% British patient can meet doctors or nurses in the day or the next day, 19% British patient need to wait longer than two months when make an appointment with specialist physicians. Also, as Siddique argues, patients who waiting for hospitalize to reach the top number compare to past years in 2015. About 34 million patients are queuing up to hospitalize. NHS legal longest waiting period is 18 weeks. This easily to cause complaint among citizen, because it may cause some patients can not catch disease at a more treatable stage. As a result, a large number of British start to favor of Private Health

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