The real cost of Health Care exposed – on Cruises

The Telegraph 30th October 2013 reports: Cruise passengers warned over medical bills

Inadequate insurance could cost cruise passengers thousands in medical bills,   the consumer magazine Which? Travel has warned

The Times 30th October 2013 reports (not on line)

Cruise Doctors charge up to £233 a visit.

This is a reminder that the NHS is a mutual for us all. This is what happens to costs when the safety net is removed, (and fear returns). When Insurance companies charge individuals they make money easily. When they charge groups they make less money per capita…. Surely the cruise liners should offer a joint mutual policy option…



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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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