Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Robert MacCulloch: Kings Fund report in the UK pays bare how both the UK & NZ centralized health systems are failing

A few days a report to which the British PM has had to respond laid bare the failings of the National Health System in the UK. The problems relate to the fact that State centralization of service provision is becoming a gigantic failure & decentralized health-care systems where public & private providers compete, thereby offering higher quality services, with bills paid by social insurance, are now performing better. There need be no difference in coverage between systems - both can offer "universal" care. The UK is reacting with shock & horror to graphs below, on intensive-care beds & dependence on foreign doctors & nurses. Germany has nearly 10 times more intensive care beds than NZ & nearly half of our doctors are foreign trained. What the hell has Labour done these past 5 years when the most pressing issue on the planet was getting health-care right? The UK is bad - NZ is off the charts:

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Professor Robert MacCulloch holds the Matthew S. Abel Chair of Macroeconomics at Auckland University. He has previously worked at the Reserve Bank, Oxford University, and the London School of Economics. He runs the blog Down to Earth Kiwi from where this article was sourced.


Mark Hanley said...

Robert's use of facts is a refreshing ray of light in NZ's political discourse.

The NZ government had a perfect opportunity to bolster our woefully inadequate health system in 2019 when our sole focus was health.

Instead Ashley Bloomfield and Jacinda Adern used the opportunity for naked personal financial gain. Criminally stirring up fear of a flu (I bought into the covid hype to start off although with time and research I discovered covid was merely a flu) borrowing and diverting billions of public funds into a vaccine medsafe reported was neither safe nor effective.

The only question remaining is what are WE going to do to ensure politicians and civil servants are held to account?

Inaction will encourage more of the same.

Anonymous said...

The only question remaining is what are WE going to do to ensure politicians and civil servants are held to account?

Because just so many are so Comfortable

Anonymous said...

What do you suggest we do? Vote? Not vote? Break some windows...? Light some fires?
Roll on October so we can hopefully glory in the absolute kicking this most useless government should get.

Anonymous said...

Ah, centralization, the highway to hell. Ain't socialism great!!