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Could private top-up insurance help fund the NHS?

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5424 (Published 12 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5424

Re: Could private top-up insurance help fund the NHS?

re those who advocate an Australian System:
it is two tier. If you pay you access excellent (sometimes overserviced) care
If you don't have $ then things are different. There is a lack of outpatient clinics for most specialities, there is no / little community Psychiatry provision. Death rates for some aboriginal communities are comparable to the third world. Meanwhile the private insurance companies profits are >$500 Million/ company / year.
The BMJ should report with hard evidence.

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 December 2016
Sam Gartland
GP
Australia
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