Call for shake up in NHS funding: Nye Bevan's view on national and private insurance

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7547.973-a (Published 20 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:973
  1. L S Lewis, general practitioner (sam@garthnewydd.freeserve.co.uk)
  1. Surgery, Newport, Pembrokeshire SA42 0TJ

    EDITOR—In response to Hart (previous letter), perhaps the 900 doctors are more interested in meeting the needs of the insured few, and not everyone? In his most readable paper the far-sighted Nye Bevan rejected national insurance and private insurance thus:

    When I was engaged in formulating the main principles of the British Health Service, I had to give careful study to various proposals for financing it, and as this aspect of the scheme is a matter of anxious discussion in …

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