Views And Reviews

The true cost of health care in Britain

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 14 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1306
  1. B Livesley

    It is not often one finds an unbiased, thought provoking programme of quality on television these days, but on Friday 6 May Public Eye came up with just that. Well balanced case reports raised the question of who should pay for long term care. No answers were provided as the investigators showed the practical, emotional, and financial dilemmas resulting from the tightening of the welfare state. The programme clearly identified a gaping hole in the purchaser-provider marketplace of the National Health Service.

    Mr Gittins and Mrs Tammadge have been paying for the continuing care of their respective spouses in private accommodation. The key question is, have they been doing it unnecessarily and should the NHS be …

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