Kate Andrews writes for Coffee House
Healthcare outcomes should be the focus of the discussion. By this measure, the NHS wildly underperforms compared to its European counterparts, ranking in the bottom third of international comparisons for health system performance. The UK is on par with the Czech Republic and Slovenia; it doesn’t come close to countries like Germany, Switzerland, or the Netherlands.
The Institute for Economic Affairs’ latest briefing on healthcare highlights the realities of being treated on the NHS, especially for serious conditions. The findings are difficult to swallow. If British patients with the five most common types of cancer were treated in Germany, instead of on the NHS, more than 12,000 lives would be saved each year. In Belgium, 14,000 more lives would be saved.
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Further IEA reading: Universal Healthcare Without the NHS