All this week, Splinter is talking to healthcare experts about what advocates for a single payer system can learn from the National Health Service in my home country, the United Kingdom. Yesterday, we spoke with professor Martin McKee. Today, we’re talking with Rebecca Givan, an associate professor at the Center for Work and Health at Rutgers University, where she studies privatization in the NHS, labor relations and unions.
Some lessons to be learned from the British with regards to healthcare. The most important is that when the profit motive is removed you end up with better healthcare it seems, and at a more affordable cost.