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Donald Trump proves he knows nothing about Britain’s health care system

In early 2017, the NHS became increasingly unpopular. people expressed unhappiness than satisfaction for the first time, while 70 percent said they believed the NHS was headed in the wrong direction. The system is funded primarily from general taxation, as well as National Insurance contributions.

The King’s Fund, an independent think tank in England, elaborated:

The level of NHS funding in a given year is set by central government through the Spending Review process. This process estimates how much income the NHS will receive from sources such as user charges, National Insurance and general taxation. If National Insurance or patient charges raise less funding for the NHS than originally estimated, funds from general taxation are used to ensure the NHS receives the level of funding it was originally allocated.

Despite shortcomings of the NHS, its still wildly more successful, and cost efficient, than the system in the U.S. In fact, The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit organization that says its mission is to promote higher quality health care systems, ranked the NHS as the top system in the world in 2017. The U.S. was ranked last.

“The United States spends far more on health care than other high-income countries, with spending levels that rose continuously over the past three decades,” the study said. “Yet the U.S. population has poorer health than other countries.”

None of this, however, is to overlook the NHS’s funding failures over the years. It’s also important to point out that Trump’s hatred of the public sector cost taxpayers more money in the end, and won’t save them, despite his upcoming plans for infrastructure which diminishes federal involvement in public projects. It’s a problem the Britain has also dealt with.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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