Most of the health reform dreamers look to the UK as a model of what we should be doing. Great Britain is about a decade ahead of us in moving toward national health information technology, comparative effectiveness research, and pay-for-performance. The results of these experiments are not encouraging. Here are some recent headlines:
‘Cruel and neglectful’ care of one million NHS patients exposed: One million NHS patients have been the victims of appalling care in hospitals across Britain, according to a major report released today.
Sentenced to death on the NHS: Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors have warned.
You get the drift. But, by golly, they’ve got costs under control, eh?