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Old 18-02-19, 12:34 PM
tgrech tgrech is offline
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To be fair, the NHS is still by far one of the most efficient health services in the world, still costing us significantly less while generally performing much better than the services across many European countries including France, Germany, Sweden or Switzerland, but of course things have started to slip over the last 10 years.

It's worth noting that those numbers are absolute chicken feed compared to the cost of some essential medicines, big pharma really has the NHS by the balls and the issues caused by the cost of medicine, particularly branded/patented medicines is very much a global issue, of course this is besides the fact outside of Scotland we do mostly pay for the prescription costs ourselves for most items.

But yeah, the issues of snowballing costs from cases like those above are a big part of this slip in efficiency, short term attempts to save money through cuts or reduced capacity of services end up costing people, and the service, far far more in the long run than if the service was just funded properly from the start. Most attempts at finding efficiencies so far have just led to creating much larger inefficiencies.
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