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Competition to provide healthcare in the USA and UK

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Curious readers who are interested in finding out about how the Obama changes in the American healthcare system are going might like to read this newsletter from an American ‘elderlaw’ firm:

20130903 ElderlawLink to Elderlaw Newsletter.

The changes come into effect soon, in January 2014, and will mean that there will be local ‘marketplaces’ for health insurance.

This is all the more interesting in the UK, because of the recent Competition Commission report suggesting that local markets are not working in healthcare in the UK; this probably means that the system can only get worse, as healthcare reforms bite in England (which is the most privatising of the UK countries in the way that it is providing healthcare). Alan Maynard in The Guardian recently was critical of the whole history of ensuring competition in UK healthcare. He argues that we must try harder for transparency and competition if we are going to have a more marketised healthcare system.

Link to Competition Commission documents

I have suggested here before that competition regulation is going to be an important area of campaigning if we are going to continue to support fair healthcare provision in England.

Guardian comment by Alan Maynard on healthcare competition.

20130903 Maynard


Written by Malcolm Payne

4 September 2013 at 11:03 am

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