Just came across this interesting article relating comments by Frank Dobson, former UK health minister under Blair, on the plan by BC liberals to bring in the private sector in health care. Essentially, he thinks it was a fairly bad idea for Britain and advises BC not to go ahead. The following well represents his conclusion:
[T]he changes made to the UK’s National Health Service under Tory Margaret Thatcher and New Labour’s Tony Blair had consistently run up costs and diminished service satisfaction for patients in Britain.
Worse still, he even argues that the measure was not popular in the UK. According to him, this reform is one of the important reasons why the Labour party has sunk in the polls. Shortly put, it is hard to see any logical reason to go ahead with the plan. After meeting with Dobson for more than an hour, the current BC health minister came out and said that he thanked his interlocutor for the warning, but that the BC government would go ahead nonetheless. After all, why let oneself be bothered by past experience?
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