The 900 signatures for insurance based funding
I think it is interesting to note that out of all the 900 doctors who
signed up to support an insurance-based funding for a national health
service, only three are GPs and no one claiming to be working in the
displine of public health.
It can be no co-incidence that the majority of those who support this
reform are hospital specialists - who are most likely to benefit from an
insurance-based system, where users of health care can access whatever
specialist they think they need, and however many until they get an
opinion or treatment they want. This leads to a consumerist and demand
driven health care (more cosmetic procedures), not one that is based on
need (health promotion and public health interventions for example).
Insurance-based system favours supplier-induced demand, as well as
high-cost curative procedures with little impact on long term health
outcome and even less in terms of public health.
Let's not forget that in the UK, GPs have a very important gatekeeper
function which helps to drive down the cost of healthcare.
Competing interests: No competing interests