Thursday, December 21, 2006

Chapter 32 - The Future of the NHS

This is a summary of chapter 32 - Alternative Funding Models. It was written by Dr Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute, an influential think-tank which for more than twenty years has designed and promoted practical policies to promote choice and competition in the delivery of essential services. He frequently contributes articles to national magazines and newspapers on subjects such as health policy, economic management, taxation and public spending, transport, pensions, and e-government.

In this chapter he discusses the alternative methods of funding the NHS. Explaining that even after record big budget, the finances remain in a rough state, with many trusts reporting deficits and some being plainly unable to bring their budgets under control. The chapter argues a strong case for looking at alternatives for how the UK healthcare system should be funded. It offers an instructive overview with 16 other alternatives. To learn more about these 16 alternatives I would encourage you to buy the book, it can be bought from most good bookshops or on line at

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