1Care – a careless reform

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1Care is a reform that will be hard to implement properly, that will burden the poor and needy and that tries to fix something that ain’t broke by making things more expensive, more complicated and more unfair.

Introduction

Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), the UK’s Minister of Health immediately after the Second World War, once stressed that where medical needs exist, medical care should be provided and budgets should be of secondary importance. Based on this progressive and compassionate principle, he went on to establish the UK’s National Health System (NHS), which was then one of the most inclusive, comprehensive and equitable healthcare systems in the world.

Unfortunately, Bevan’s stand is not much supported by many policymakers today, especially in the aftermath of neoliberalism.


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