Ethics. Research. Community.

Michigan State University Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series: NHS reforms: What is the Reality of Clinician-Led Purchasing of Health Services?

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Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:00pm

Event Ends

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 1:00pm

In 1948 the National Health Service was established as a tax
funded health service available to all, free at the point of access regardless
of the ability to pay. The reality in the second decade of the 21st century is
that with the ageing population and the concomitant increasing burden of
disease and social care needs, together with the development of advanced
technological treatment modalities, the cost burden is increasing rapidly. In
2012 the UK government introduced reforms which were based on the premise that
family physicians, because they were closer to their patient, would know what
their patient health care needs were and would therefore be able to commission health
care more efficiently. This would all take place within an economic environment
where downward pressure on costs was the norm. Dr. Meakin will describe the
reforms and examine the reality of these reforms from the perspective of a
practicing family physician in the UK.

Richard Meakin, MD, is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the
Department of Primary Care & Population Health at University College

Join us for Richard Meakin's lecture on Tuesday, November 4,
2014 from noon till 1 pm EST online: The webinar can be accessed
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