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posted by [personal profile] ggreig at 11:37am on 24/04/2017
But it's only free at the point of delivery because the SNP Government funds free prescriptions.

There's a place for private-sector delivery of services, so long as control of the situation remains with the public sector. If too much power is put in the hands of the private sector, there will be profiteering.
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:42am on 24/04/2017
Yep, I buy that argument. But the key issue for me is that private-sector involvement in the NHS isn’t in itself a bad thing; we ought to be considering how private sector strengths rather than weaknesses could interact with the NHS.

In particular, I’m reasonably convinced that a competitive marketplace in terms of service delivery would be greatly beneficial for efficiency and customer service (and leave little room for profiteering, which is usually a by-product of monopolies).

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