It seems that every country is unsatisfied with the health care system that is in place–whether a mutli-payer system as exists in the U.S. or a publicly-funded national health care system as in the United Kingdom. Long recognized for providing health care to all through its National Health Service, the U.K. continues to respond to criticisms of quality and cost by seeking to privatize more of its health care services. Tonight’s Healthstyles program explores the development of the National Health Service in the U.K. and the implications of recent changes that we permit more services to be provided outside of the NHS. Healthstyles host and producer Diana Mason, RN, PhD, interviews three guests from the U.K. who are leaders in health care and health policy in that country: Dame Christine Beasley, the former chief nurse officer of England; Sue Atkinson, a physician who led London’s public health services and the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College; and Geraldine Walters, the chief nurse officer for Kings College Hospital in London. Can the U.S. learn from the U.K. experience with health care?
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