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Letters Too late to stop the bill?

Markets cannot ration care equitably and efficiently

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1218
  1. Danny McLernon-Billows, medical student1
  1. 1Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth PL6 8BU, UK
  1. danny.mclernon-billows{at}

Initially, it was claimed we needed reform to reverse the UK’s flagging health outcomes.1 Enthusiasm for this argument has waned as claims of poor patient satisfaction, cancer outcomes, and heart disease outcomes have been shown to be false.2

Cost efficiency has been cited as a key objective, but this is contradicted by government action. …

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