Britain to Decentralize National Healthcare System

Monday, 26 Jul 2010 01:25 PM

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Britain's new government is undertaking a huge reorganization of its national healthcare system, moving away from a centralized bureaucracy in favor of local control by doctors.

According to The New York Times, more than $100 billion of the system's $160 billion annual budget would come under the control of doctors, who would then be responsible for arranging financial deals with hospitals and other medical operators.

The goal of the healthcare reorganization is to save $30 billion in medical costs by 2014 while trimming bureaucratic costs by 45 percent.

According to the Times, an internal document outlining the plan flatly states: "The current architecture of the health system has developed piecemeal, involves duplication and is unwieldy. Liberating the [National Health Service], and putting power in the hands of patients and clinicians, means we will be able to effect a radical simplification, and remove layers of management.”

Tens of thousands of jobs are expected to be lost in the restructuring.

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