‘Right to ask’ for personal health budget now in place

The Commissioning Review reports 2nd April 2014: ‘Right to ask’ for personal health budget now in place

Please note that this applies to England only, and that the website is English Health Service (government) funded. Personal budgets as a “choice” will not work, as the moral hazard and adverse selection issues will mean that those who select a budget will be either low risk or informed, and those who do not will have higher risks and less information… It can only work if it is made universal, and a method of overt rationing.. Politicians need to debate whether the Regional Health Services really should be “everything for everyone for ever“. Whilst everyone knows this is not possible, the Emperor is walking around naked..

People with complex health care needs from now have the ‘right to ask’ for a personal health budget.

Personal health budgets aim to give people more independence over how their healthcare money is spent. Uses could include carers for help at home, or therapies like counselling.

More than 80% of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have attended NHS England’s accelerated development programme to help them prepare to offer the budgets and support patients to plan their care.

Between 2009 and 2012 a national pilot programme was trialled, which appeared to show better quality of life, particularly for people with complex health needs who use a lot of NHS services.

Tim Kelsey, NHS national director for patients and information, said: “We are very pleased today to launch the next step in the roll-out of personal health budgets. From today people who have significant health needs and are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, can ask their NHS team to provide their care through a personal health budget.

“We are also pleased that from October eligible people across England will have the right to have a personal health budget which can make a significant difference to peoples’ quality of life and help them stay out of hospital.

NHS Emperor naked

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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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