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Think-Tank Reform Calls for Insurance-Based NHS

Magazine article Public Finance

Think-Tank Reform Calls for Insurance-Based NHS

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The NHS should combine access to universal health care with insurance-like principles, the think-tank Reform has said.

Its report, Making the NHS the best Insurance policy in the world, published on September 9, claimed the UK was lagging behind other countries In providing high-quality health care.

It called on the government to introduce more insurance incentives, create a 'national health protection system' and allow for independent, regulated organisations to provide health services. Individuals would be given a £2,000 per year tax-funded 'premium' to spend on a provider of their choice.

This approach would shift the focus to long-term improvements in health, help define Individual entitlements to health services and achieve greater value, the report said.

Andrew Haldenby, director of Reform, said the report looked at how to 'import the best ideas from overseas' without losing universal healthcare.

Speaking at the launch of the report, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg took the political initiative by announcing his support for allowing 'top-up1 payments in the NHS. …

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