NHS as State Failure: Lessons from the Reality of Nationalised Healthcare

5 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2009

Abstract

The British National Health Service is often held up as a beacon of egalitarian healthcare, funded through general taxation and free at the point of use. Instituted by arguably the most socialist government in British history after World War II, it has manifested all the flaws that might be expected from a state monopoly: waste, inefficiency, under-investment, rationing and constant political interference. The result has been poor health outcomes for British citizens compared with other wealthy countries, and a failure by the NHS to live up to its founding principles of comprehensive, unlimited healthcare and egalitarianism.

Suggested Citation

Evans, Helen, NHS as State Failure: Lessons from the Reality of Nationalised Healthcare. Economic Affairs, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 5-9, December 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1319550 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0270.2008.00870.x

Helen Evans (Contact Author)

National Health Service

London, SW1A 2NS
United Kingdom

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