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Dismantling the NHS?Evaluating the Impact of Health Reforms$
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Mark Exworthy, Russell Mannion, and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447330226

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330226.001.0001

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A view from abroad: a New Zealand perspective on the English NHS health reforms

A view from abroad: a New Zealand perspective on the English NHS health reforms

(p.343) Seventeen A view from abroad: a New Zealand perspective on the English NHS health reforms
Dismantling the NHS?

Robin Gauld

Policy Press

The English NHS is of significance among health policy observers around the globe for various reasons. The NHS is particularly noteworthy for the fact that, for many, it represents the high-income world’s best attempt to have built and maintained a ‘national’ health system with a focus on universal access to care that is free at point of service. The NHS has been in transition for several years. Many commentators have highlighted the role and influence of US market ideals in this transition, with various UK governments clearly pushing this agenda. However, is often useful to look to countries more closely comparable to England, such as New Zealand, for comparison with a view to improvement. This chapter takes such an approach in looking at the NHS from abroad. It draws upon the case of NZ which, in many ways, is very similar to England when it comes to health policy and the healthcare system. In doing so, it aims to provide a critique of the NHS reforms and demonstrate that there are alternatives to the policies and structures being pursued for the English NHS by the Coalition government.

Keywords:   Coalition government, NHS, health policy, national health system, New Zealand, England

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