Mark Littlewood writes for The Times
Supporters of the NHS who fear for its future see two problems with the present state of affairs — both of which, we are told, are entirely the fault of the Conservative Party. The first complaint is that healthcare is receiving woefully inadequate amounts of public sector funding. The second is that a covert programme of privatisation is eating away at the NHS’s otherwise exceptional levels of efficiency.
On the matter of financing, the government is now committed to a spending increase that is greater even than that promised by the Labour Party at the last general election. Precious little electoral good this is likely to do them. Jeremy Corbyn has now made it plain that whatever funding pledges are made by the Conservatives his party will favour finding even greater resources.
We are now in the truly bizarre situation whereby there is absolutely no level of government expenditure on the NHS which the opposition would consider adequate. As it is, state funding of healthcare in the UK is somewhere near the middle of the pack for developed countries. As with virtually any area of human activity, more money should lead to improved results — but if there are substantial structural or systemic failures, it is unlikely that you will get good value for money.
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Further IEA reading: Universal Healthcare Without the NHS