n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Cost of health care : editor's comment

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



As I write this Britain is on the verge of its largest upheaval in the National Health Service since its inception in 1948. I have retained an interest in the provision of health services in Britain not only because, like so many of us, I have worked in the system, both in hospital and in general practice, but also because my elderly mother and stepfather live in Scotland and so provide me with first-hand information about the system - its strengths and its shortcomings. The other reason I am so interested is because we are on the verge of implementing our own National Health Insurance system which, while not exactly the same as the NHS, does have the same ideals, namely the provision of high-quality health care to all, free at the point of service - which, of course, does not mean 'free'. And therein lies the rub.

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