How Deep Democracy Makes Health Services Healthier

May 14, 2019

Despite the incredible work that it does, the high demand for NHS services means the system is under constant pressure. A recent commentary in The Lancet by Helen Epstein discusses research that identifies health improvements and longevity in countries that have transitioned to democracy. The...

The NHS is Unregulated and Patients Carry the Risks

July 03, 2014

The absence of appropriate checks and balances is the biggest problem with the NHS. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is unregulated and patients carry the risks to all practical purposes. The avoidable death of Sam Morrish in December 2010 and his parents’ struggle for justice has...

National Healthcare: How Not to Manage it (Part 2/2)

September 26, 2013

Is the British healthcare service a model for the United States? This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Here is the most consequential truth: Even though British healthcare is largely public, it is effectively unaccountable. You might naturally assume that the Ministry of...

National Healthcare: How Not to Manage it (Part 1/2)

September 07, 2013

Is the British healthcare service a model for the United States? This is the first of a two part series. In the debate about American healthcare, no national case is cited more often than Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), which supposedly provides free, effective, nationwide...