Time to follow up NHS plan
From: C Goddard, Robert Tressell Close, Hastings
Recently in the local media, there has been much comment on the NHS and the future of its funding.
The recent STPs across the country have pointed to how much can be saved from the present budgets.
I strongly believe now, under the wonderful present Government, is time to plan for the future as any trade deal with the USA is likely to require access to our NHS for American companies.
I know it might be a radical proposal for some, but I feel the Government has to now push ahead and finish the privatisation of the health service.
The Government under the coalition made great strides in preparing the ground for greater private investment in the provision of health care and now is the time to push ahead with the next step.
It will take time to move from a tax payer-funded system to a wholly insurance-based system like in American but it can be managed.
This would give time for insurance companies and businesses to put in place what is required.
The public would need time to shop around for the health care which suited them and their family, price comparison sites would help with this.
Finally, this would make sure if you had not paid in, you would not be taking out – a very popular theme at the moment. We could all carry a card which would allow access to A&E or GPs.
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