UK's National Health has a new motto:"No decision about you, without you".

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UK Health Secretary Andrew Lansley
It goes without saying that if the UK National Health Service (NHS)'s new motto is "No decision about you, without you", they have a problem including patients in the decision making process.  It should be quite obvious that they are not including the patient in the decision making process.  We explained earlier that Socialized medicine has to ration.  There is no way around it.  That is why every country that offers socialized medicine also has electronic health records.  They have to know your medical information so they can ration care.  It is an abomination.

The UK's NHS director Andrew Lansly explains exactly how they will put primary care into the hands of doctors while putting patients first and cutting overhead costs by 45%.  Have you ever heard of a bureaucrat ever being cut?  The only way that happens ever is through privatization.  Via WSJ
Mr. Lansley says that the new NHS's watchword will be, NHS's watchword will be, "No decision about you, without you." He proposes to put some £80 billion a year, or 80% of England's primary-care budget, into the hands of doctors. And he argues that these new consortia will have greater freedom to put patient needs first while cutting the health service's bureaucratic overhead by as much as 45%. The new structure, he argues, will remove layers of management and central control.
If this were all true, it would no doubt delight doctors and patients. Good doctors don't relish being dictated to by bureaucrats any more than patients want some committee telling them whether a test, treatment or operation is worth paying for.
But like all previous attempts at reforming the NHS, Mr. Lansley's avoids the critical issue of who pays. The funding principles of the NHS are that it is universal and "free at the point of delivery." All care (with a few exceptions, such as prescription co-pays) is paid for out of a central budget funded by taxes. Unlike Medicare in the U.S., the NHS has a fixed budget set by the government, out of which it must pay for whatever health care it provides. Historically, that has meant waiting lists and rationing of care. Recent changes under the previous government have brought down some of the waiting times for high-profile treatments. But this was done chiefly by increasing spending—and by setting targets that required additional oversight and bureaucratization.
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