Health insurance should be considered to help pay for NHS, says Sajid Javid

Posted: 16th December 2022

Mr Javid, a former health secretary, said the current funding model was not “sustainable for the future” and the UK should look to emulate France and Germany.

He added that politicians must not “pretend” the NHS is offering a good service and called for an “honest debate” about its future.

The former health secretary said a discussion about moving to a form of “co-payment”, where wealthier people pay for some of their care, should be on the table.

In an interview with Sky News, he said many Britons already feel they have no choice but to spend on private insurance. He cited talks in Scotland, where managers of the cash-strapped NHS have held talks about charging wealthier patients for some of their care.

“I actually welcome having that kind of discussion, because we need to have this honest debate as a country,” said Mr Javid. “I don’t think the NHS will survive many more years in the way it says on paper it’s supposed to deliver unless we start making fundamental reform.

“It’s not going to be ‘let’s give it an extra £5-10 billion’. Whilst that might help at the margin without looking at the model of delivery, I’m afraid it’s not going to make enough difference.

Source: Health insurance should be considered to help pay for NHS, says Sajid Javid (msn.com)

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