Debate: is healthcare privatisation the only option?
We ask a panel of experts whether privatisation is the only possible future for healthcare
“We should not accept increasing corporate influence in England’s NHS. Though arguments against public service are made on the basis of public cost versus private sector efficiency, they do not hold water. Spending on the NHS when it was a public service (pre 1990), was significantly less than most international comparisons. It provided local, comprehensive, universal care without proof of eligibility, regardless of contributions. Public funding also allowed it to aim for equity of care. That isn’t matched anywhere else. Whatever the rhetoric, poorer patients always get less or are even excluded by privatisation, topup payments or insurance.