A friend's husband has always worked for the government and has health insurance (really!!!). That was what she said and she needed a major treatment after being diagnosed with breast cancer privately.
"If you have treatment with NHS, we will pay you a thousand pounds but you can opt to have the treatment privately, mainly the surgery that will cost us twenty thousand pounds but you are STILL BETTER OFF TO HAVE CHEMOTHERAPY WITH ONE OF THE TOP LONDON HOSPITALS.
Wow!! Well the consultant also works for the NHS! sO, HIS hOSPITAL!!!
She preferred the Monopoly Game and collected the money! she is fine with the NHS treatment.
Teenagers 'failing to study maths to a good standard'
Looks like it is not just teenagers:
The NHS is running out of money, so we must give most of it to privateers to save money!!!
Andrew Lansley/ HSCB
If the private providers are making money and the GP commissioning teams have a limited pot and that Consultants working for the likes of BMI hospitals have a 300% increase in pay compared to old NHS Hospital pay scale, either tax payers are going to be forking out more and more money or someone is not going to get their treatment.
But the sums are somehow wrong!
Government money is the best money for anyone to make and that is really tax payer’s money. The new NHS will be the private sector’s main source of income, as only 90,000 in the UK are covered by private insurance and often they are offered cash incentives to use the NHS.
It is therefore essential for the private health care companies that the NHS is around, at least in name, so that they can make money by providing a “better value and more competitive” service to the NHS!
Some parts of the NHS will have to remain too, as it is necessary for the private sector to dump the un-profitable patients: the chronic and the long term mentally ill, for example. (Right now, 25% of NHS psychiatric patients are treated by the private sector. But why? Even in psychiatry, there are cherries to be picked.)
Finally, in order to keep the mortality figures low at competing private hospitals, they need to be able to rush some of their patients off to NHS hospitals at the critical moments!
Our NHS is not without faults and often the faults were to do with government. Impossible targets set up by successive governments have one aim: limit access to health care.
We could legislate that Insurers will have to pay for any NHS treatment for those covered by them. It will stop Insurers “gaming” NHS hospitals. This will prevent them saving on costly dialysis and Intensive Care. Legislate for full disclosure of Insured status.
Insurers cannot drop coverage or treatment after a set period and even if they do they will still be charged if the patient is transferred to an NHS Hospital.
This will eliminate problems like PIP breast implants.
It will indeed encourage those that could afford it to buy insurance and in any case most firms offer insurance for their employees including the GMC.
To prevent gaming of Insurers by individual patients (I look after their interest too), the medical fee should be paid up front by the patient and then deduction taken from premiums. Corporate clients like those with the GMC should not be gaming Insurers.
Imagine the situation where those with “individual personalised budget” being able to “buy” their own insurance!
In fact, to save money, government can buy insurance for the mental patients and the chronically ill.
This way their will be real choice and insurers will be competing with each other to provide the worst deal.
What Health Insurer will want the business?
Perhaps they will go back to the US and we will have our own NHS back.
“……The principle of care for all from cradle to grave is worthy and wonderful. But the current reality is a cradle rocked by accountants who are incapable of even counting the number of times that they have rocked it……..” These are the very same people we pay market rate or they will go elsewhere!!!