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Book review: The State of Medicine: Keeping the promise of the NHS

The State of Medicine

The State of Medicine: Keeping the promise of the NHS

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This text reflects on affordable healthcare worldwide, including the precarious state of Obamacare, Donald Trump’s inauguration and the rising cost of healthcare.

The text discusses what we are prepared to spend and how we ensure the spend works well but that is not the only narrative. The author’s clinical analysis of the NHS connects consumer experience and expectation, staff values and flexibility and political ways in which a healthcare system can be used.

The author believes that the role of the NHS is to represent Britain and is part of its identity. Not much else marks social achievement in the last century quite like the NHS does.

Those working for the NHS might find this book helpful to make sense of an NHS in change.

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