Insurance Doesn’t Mean That You Have Health Care

If you can’t see a doctor, do you have health care? In the United Kingdom, the government pays for virtually all health care. It just isn’t always the best health care. Two in five GPs in England intend to quit within five years – survey

Now the Guardian can be a bit sensational, but they didn’t run the survey. General Practitioners in the UK are not a happy bunch. They are overseen by a bunch of .gov bean counters, they are overworked and spend a lot of time filling in forms.

Two out of every five GPs intend to quit within the next five years – the largest proportion on record, government-funded research shows.

A survey of 2,195 GPs in England undertaken in late 2017 found that 39% were likely to leave “direct patient care” by 2022. That compares to 19.4% in 2005 and 35.3% in 2015

It would be interesting to know of the GPs in those previous surveys quit when they said they would.

I know in the past, UK’s National Health Service has had trouble filling positions, both in general practice and in Accident and Emergency Wards. (There was a doctors’ strike in 2016.) The number of foreign-language workers (from doctors to nurses to cleaners) has caused problems. If you are smart enough to be a doctor, then you are probably smart enough to realize you don’t want to work for one of the largest .gov bureaucracies in the world.

Failings of the NHS can be found on this blog, and in the archives blog.

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