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Paul Burstow: Our NHS is about quality, not price

March 10, 2011 12:14 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

"The NHS is a national treasure. It's one of the few health services in the world where everyone is guaranteed free treatment whenever they need it. It's been well documented that the Commonwealth Fund recently rated healthcare in the UK as the most equitable of several OECD countries. It's why so many people are concerned that the health and social care bill will create a US-style health system, where a family can be forced to take out a loan against their house to pay for a bill of $180,000 after their nine-month-old son spent 18 days in hospital being treated for a brain aneurysm.

The NHS will always be there for everyone, free of charge. That will never change. Our goal is simple: to update the NHS to give every patient the best possible care by trusting family doctors to work with local people to decide, design and deliver the right health services to meet local need and deliver world-class healthcare."

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