5 thoughts on “A&E crisis highlights need for a more subsidiary healthcare system”

  1. Posted 08/01/2015 at 15:07 | Permalink

    The Swiss health policies sound good, but don’t the Swiss spend much more on healthcare than the UK does? $5,643 vs $3,405 per person, or $2200 dollars more each. Left-wingers would suggest a marketised system inherently means more costs, which may or may not be true, but if the UK ever moves to a insurance-based system, not letting costs reach Swiss levels should be important.

  2. Posted 09/01/2015 at 08:30 | Permalink

    The difference, of course, is that the Swiss number includes all that private cash people are paying in. I suspect the ‘cost borne by government’ is similar or lower.

  3. Posted 09/01/2015 at 13:47 | Permalink

    Why do even IEA commentators never mention the #1 cause of the various crises in the NHS, the relentless feminisation of he workforce? Dr Vernon Coleman was warning about the inevitable consequences of this policy direction in his books 30+ years ago. The ‘average’ female doctor will work only half the hours as her male counterparts over a career, she’ll be disinclined to work unsocial hours, or to work in the more demanding lines e.g. A&E, she’ll retire earlier… Its a subject we cover in our election manifesto https://j4mb.wordpress.com/2015-general-election-manifesto/, most notably in the section on employment (pp 18-23) and particularly p20.

    The feminisation of the state education system has also had predictable adverse effects, hidden by such cynical manipulations as continuous assessment and grade inflation.

    It’s known that increasing the proportion of women on corporate boards leads to declines in corporate financial performance https://c4mb.wordpress.com/improving-gender-diversity-on-boards-leads-to-a-decline-in-corporate-performance-the-evidence/ yet the government is planning to go from its current bullying of FTSE100 companies to have 25 female representation on their boards, to bullying FTSE350 companies into having gender parity on their boards. This will require a tenfold preferencing of women over men. It’s about time the IEA held a conference about the consequences of the feminisation of workforces.

    Mike Buchanan

    (and the women who love them)


  4. Posted 09/01/2015 at 14:33 | Permalink

    MK, David: Public healthcare spending in Switzerland is indeed a bit lower than here. Total spending is higher, partly because topping-up privately is a lot easier: http://www.iea.org.uk/blog/why-lower-healthcare-spending-does-not-mean-greater-efficiency

  5. Posted 11/01/2015 at 19:17 | Permalink

    Maybe it is just impossible to have a hybrid market/nationalised ‘system’? The one always corrupts the other. My prefence is to denationalise the whole thing and move to 100% private with charity picking up the unfortunate/feckless. Whenever you add in a taxpayer funded state safety net it always gets expolited by various rent seekers. (And FWIW I speak as someone with a chronic condition that is uninsureable).

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