Tuesday, February 16, 2010

When Politicians Control Health Care

Politics controls health care. Hospitals more likely to close in safe seats - Telegraph
The report by academics at the London School of Economics (LSE) shows that there is a far higher concentration of hospitals in politically sensitive areas “where no one wants to be blamed for hospital closure” than in areas where the Government enjoys a comfortable majority.

Patients receive significantly better care in areas with a greater number of hospitals, because competition drives medical staff to do a better job, the report said.
Cutting costs without losing politically. Priceless.

Oh, and competition still works.
It also showed that private hospitals are better managed than those run by the NHS, and disclosed the devastating consequences that poor management can have for patients.
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The study, which looked at 100 hospitals, disclosed that patients taken to well managed hospitals after a heart attack were significantly more likely to survive.
Politics and state control of health care. Is anyone surprised?

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