British Prime Minster David Cameron admitted to a group of medical workers that his own brother-in-law has expressed doubts about his plan to overhaul the National Health Service by empowering doctors to have more power. “My brother-in-law is a doctor and he says you’re giving too much power to the GPs, and hospitals will be disadvantaged.” A recent survey of doctors revealed that half do not agree with the Cameron proposal to empower them with greater control of how money is spent on patients. Cameron insists there is need for change, given the growing number of elderly people in British society. Unlike in America where any suggestion to revamp health care is greeted with shouts of “Socialism,” the Cameron proposal at least opens the door for rethinking the best methodology and structure of health care in the modern world.
The issue is not whether or not we should make changes in health care, the issue is which changes. Unfortunately in America, the word, “change” is synonymous with “evil.”