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Different UK health and social care systems: they don’t learn from each other

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130617 4UKsystemsIn an interesting report for the King’s Fund healthcare think tank and the European Observatory on health policy, Nicholas Timmins looks at what the four different healthcare systems in the UK have learned from the differences in each other.

Not a lot is the answer, mainly because they are contemptuous of each others’ policies, and especially of the English market-based system (except when it was found that targets reduced waiting times – and by the look of it, I would say that wavering on targets does not help). The report finds that , if more comparative work was done, it would show over time whether markets or co-operation works best.

This report is an example of the over-emphasis on health. There are four systems of social care, too, and very little research into what works best.

Link to the report.

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Written by Malcolm Payne

17 June 2013 at 2:44 pm

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