Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Will there be Pay Sweeteners for US Doctors to ensure their critical support for a Health Care Overhaul Bill?
See taragana blog.
When Britain's NHS started in 1948 there was a similar fix. - "I stuffed their mouths with gold," said Aneurin Bevan, one of the most important ministers of the post-war Labour government and the chief architect of the National Health Service, speaking of the only way in which he had been able to silence the protests of the consultants who might otherwise have strangled the NHS at birth.
Well Britain's doctors are still grossly overpaid and are for all practical purposes unaccountable to the patients whom nominally they serve, because the NHS complaints procedures are in practice an exercise in futility and exhaustion for complainants. Yet despite all the 'gold' lavished on the doctors, we have an extremely poor health service. - Added to poor service, many of our once-clean hospitals are now dirty, and patients fear to go into them in case they catch one of the hospital acquired infections...