Britain’s Universal Health Care

The National Health Service (NHS) of Britain was founded after the devastation of World War II. All the nations signed the human rights consensus which includes universal health care.The United States used to be the last enduring industrialized country that didn’t have any form of universal access to health services, partly because of debates in the congress that are motivated by false beliefs.One of them is that the US is not capable of covering the uninsured. Yet a coordinated financing system is the secret to keeping the costs down. The following are some affordable ways to do it. Another belief is that the United States’ enormous size and diversity make it a different case from what is applicable to smaller and less diverse countries.Many believe that there is no other option to intentional health insurance based on the market but a single-payer system backed by revenues. But in truth, there are other alternatives. Another belief, usually held by the physicians, is that they would lose more control under corporate care management. But in other universal health care systems, the medical profession is given greater institutional control.Lastly, conventional lawmakers and insurance providers think that it would result into neglected facilities, inferior quality, low salaries, and long waiting intervals to see a physician like the British NHS. The trouble with American media is that they present the negative aspects more than the positive views.Actually, the bleak features of the NHS described above-neglected facilities, inferior quality, low salaries, etc. -are the results of lack of funds and supplies of equipment as well as personnel. Many other systems for universal health care have resolved these problems. The NHS is not a problem of design but a problem of funding. On the other hand, the US health care system has proper funding but there are many flaws in the design.Looking at the history of the NHS, we can draw applicable aspects for universal health care in the US. Two fundamental approaches to reform typified proposals in the 1920s & 1930s. One was to broaden the limitations of the 1911 act into wide-ranging national health insurance. Another approach was to make existing health services accessible to everyone. The first proposal is founded on every person’s right to health care. The second proposal is founded on the concept that society has a responsibility to tend to the health of its citizens.

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