Public ‘ignorant of NHS costs’ – why not?

Why should the consumer be aware of the cost If the service is “unrationed”, free, comprehensive and cradle to grave?

Kat Lay feigns surprise at the public ignorance in The Times 21st August 2015: Public ‘ignorant of NHS costs’

The public has no idea how much common NHS procedures cost, with half of people underestimating the cost of a birth by almost three quarters.

A report has found that people in Britain have a “staggering and destructive ignorance” about how much their treatments cost the public purse.

Three quarters of people neither questioned the cost of a procedure nor worried that their free treatment could be taking help away from someone in greater need, according to the research by Benenden Health.

One in ten polled admitted either lying to their doctor, or knowing someone who had lied, about being depressed or suffering low self-esteem in an attempt to get free cosmetic surgery.

John Giles, medical director of Benenden, said: “As a nation we have lost touch with the role we should play in our own health and wellbeing, expecting the NHS to pick up the pieces.”

The National Health Report 2015 asked 4,000 people to put a figure on how much certain procedures and treatments cost. Some 47 per cent of people thought that a natural birth in hospital cost less than £500. Overall, respondents put the cost at £1,288 whereas the true figure is £1,824.

•The phenomenon known as “baby brain”, whereby expectant mothers become more absent-minded, does not exist, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario put 54 volunteers through memory tests and found that pregnant women did just as well as other women and in some cases better. The researchers said that women’s brains may be supercharged by pregnancy to help prepare them for the challenges of motherhood.

Felicity Thistlethwaite in The Express also covers this: Do YOU know how much surgery on the NHS costs? You might be surprised…

The NHS is not safe in any party’s hands. The real swindle lies in the pretence that the NHS model works.. it is fundamentally flawed..

Patient co-payment for general practice services: slippery slope or a survival imperative for the NHS?

The English Regional Health Service intends to inform patients of costs for some drugs. Why not all goods and services? Fear of guilt is not enough..



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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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