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The Independent View: Could Ireland’s emerging healthcare reforms test David Laws’ NHIS vision?

Nearly a decade ago now, David Laws MP raised the idea of evolving the NHS into a continental-style universal ‘National Health Insurance Scheme’ (NHIS), where healthcare would be progressively funded from dedicated income contributions, individuals could choose insurers and everyone would be entitled to a comprehensive package of set treatments within a decentralised but heavily regulated system. It was a bold and interesting proposal, which for better or worse helped define the 2004 Orange Book in eyes of many, though it has perhaps also been misunderstood and straw-manned to a degree.

However, besides substantive criticisms and the understandable sensitivities that talk …

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The Independent View: The merits of Swedish-style localism in improving UK healthcare

Swedish flagDebate about NHS reform has been intense in 2013 as the service has entered its historic 65th year and the need for greater accountability has become apparent in response to lapses in care such as those at Mid Staffordshire.

In light of this, it is important to learn from what is already established practice abroad and one of the best examples is Sweden, a nation with a word-class healthcare system with a history and ethos closely comparable with our own revered health service.  It was developed after the war by a reforming social democratic government, it is financed from general taxation, it is universally accessible and it was traditionally provided by the state.  On closer inspection, however, there are significant differences in both design and performance which may be instructive for the UK.

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Opinion: 2013 – Time to think afresh about International Development?

Lynne Featherstone in Zambia. Photo:  some rights reserved by DFID http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/8220719712/Another year, another set of attacks on development aid in the right-wing press. Prompted by a spectacularly ill-informed paper from Civitas, the Telegraph, Mail and Spectator tried once again to argue, without evidence, that high proportions of British aid are wasted.

The truth is that, under the Coalition, far more attention has been paid to value for money in aid spending than ever before. What is more, there’s little need to speculate about where

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  • User AvatarBill le Breton 21st Dec - 8:29pm
    Tony, the main players in this, Laws, Alexander and Clegg do understand the different ways of defining the deficit, and when some of them and...
  • User AvatarMark S 21st Dec - 8:18pm
    @Richard Dean Retrain to do what though? Some estimates claim that upto 45% of workers will lose their jobs to automation in the next 20...
  • User AvatarStevan Rose 21st Dec - 8:13pm
    I know three people who have switched to e-cigs from being heavy smokers. None still smoke. Small sample but 100% success. I am one if...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 21st Dec - 8:01pm
    Thanks Sue S - Dec 20th 5.57pm. I was beginning to think that no one apart from Andrew Ducker had bothered to look at a...
  • User AvatarTony Greaves 21st Dec - 7:41pm
    No-one understands the difference between the deficit and the structural deficit (or indeed the cyclical deficit if anyone considers that any more) and as far...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 21st Dec - 7:32pm
    @hireton: there is flexibilty to vary the housing elements of Universal Credit and to create other benefits which will then be added to the benefit...