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'Outline the advantages and disadvantages of leaving healthcare provision predominantly to market forces, given the apparent difficulties of managing a national Health service'.

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  • Essay length: 1574 words
  • Submitted: 05/01/2004
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1.1 Terms of reference

The following tasks have been tackled in this report, using newspaper articles, government websites, books and journals.

Task a

'Outline the advantages and disadvantages of leaving healthcare provision predominantly to market forces, given the apparent difficulties of managing a national Health service and government's increasing inability to service the public's growing demands for the service'.

Task b

Discuss ways in which targets and indicators might be used to manage the NHS more effectively'

Task c

'Critically appraises the managerial impact of Outcome Related Performance Indicators (ORPI's) and targets in a public sector context such as the Health service.

1.2 Introduction

Healthcare in this country is run by the government and is called the National Health Service (NHS); the system has been in place since 1950 and provides free healthcare for all. Private healthcare is a new phenomenon in this country but is it welcome?

Targets and indicators in the NHS are used to try and improve the service of the NHS. The main issues concerning these indicators are if they can be implemented in the NHS effectively and if they are of any use

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