Tag Archive for Direct Care

Direct Care means doctors compete to maximise the value they offer you – flexible appointment times, discounted prescriptions, care over the phone, maybe even a home visit or two – in exchange for a monthly fee. There are no middlemen and no politicians – just a clean honest trade of value for value.

What should a liberal health service look like in 2016?

What should a liberal health service look like in 2016? A recent study may offer a partial answer. The study, which examined the effect of palliative care on patients with incurable cancer found, perhaps unsurprisingly, improvements in patients’ quality of life and reduced instances of depression. Those patients who had been assigned palliative care were…

The Junior Doctors’ Strike

The junior doctors’ strike kicked off which has resulted in 4,000 routine treatments being cancelled and even more appointments, check-ups and tests. The doctors are on strike in a dispute regarding a new contract and their concerns about the level of pay for working weekends and stronger limits on working hours. Absurdities and Fallacies For…

The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons

For those interested in the practice of private, direct medical care in the U.K. and elsewhere, AAPS — the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons — is a national organization with chapters in several states of doctors who provide just that. They were founded in 1943 and are, at least mostly, conservativish-libertarianish. Their home page,…

Doctors threaten to flee NHS

Hundreds of NHS doctors have swarmed upon Westminster to demonstrate the seriousness of problems that could see them fleeing the NHS for jobs in Australia and New Zealand. Apparently oblivious to the damage such a statement causes to the dependable reputation of the NHS they proclaimed that they represented “most doctors” and they described the…

When NHS charges come, please do it the right way.

I was pleased to see this briefing from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy examining NHS health finances. The NHS’s own Five Year Forward View, despite its retro 60s communist sounding title, is honest enough to identify a £30billion funding gap from now until 2021, leaving £21bn in ‘efficiency savings’ to make. The…

General Practice “won’t get any more sustainable”

A former Bradford GP lambasts the NHS GP system in a letter to Pulse: I [left General Practice to work in a Hospice] for several reasons. Gone is the relentless pressure to move onto the next patient. I have taken a significant pay cut, but I don’t care, this job at least does not treat me like…

Why is the National Health Service in crisis?

I’ve been discussing the NHS A&E issue that’s been in the news of late with the medically knowledgeable and NHS-aware members of my family and thought you might be interested in their background information, so have written it up while the conversations are still fairly fresh in my mind. I summarise, then give my own…

Report details per head NHS spending

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee examined total funding for a area and calculated the amount invested per head based on GP lists. The Telegraph badly misquotes the report but the essence of it is that given a par value of £1400 per head: The committee had found “huge variations” in funding with…

The NHS should not be the only option for the middle class

Guido is covering punch and counterpunch in a party political puppet show involving Cameron, Harriet Harman and Ed Milliband. Cameron is trying to make Labour look like a silly high-tax party (while not exactly promising to be a sensible low tax one). Harman, perhaps cleverly, seeks to justify progressive taxation and side step the argument…