The NHS – the most cost-efficient health system in the world – or, at least, it was, before the Coalition got its hands on it.

Leeds North West Constituency

The NHS is certainly the best loved and most approved health care system, but it’s also the most efficient – or at least it was.
A 2012 report produced by the Commonwealth Fund underlined both.
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation supporting independent research on health care issues. Its report showed the highest approval ratings for the NHS. Asked whether they felt the need for change, 62% of people felt it needed only the most minor changes. Only 3 % felt it needed fundamental change.

But the Commonwealth Fund’s survey of 15 health care systems – Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, USA – also found that the NHS outperformed most other systems on a range of indicators, and outperformed all when these indicators were taken together. [p 8].

Another report, in 2011, came to similar conclusions.

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