RCGP chairwoman visits US on health fact-finding mission

RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada has travelled to Chicago for a week to experience the US health system first hand.

Dr Clare Gerada blogged from her US trip that she was investigating the health service there

Dr Gerada aims to discover whether what she described as ‘perhaps the largest market-driven health service in the world,’ works.

Dr Gerada said that the self-funded trip came after many expressed concerns over the NHS moving towards a market-based system under reforms set out in the Health and Social Care Bill.

‘That our own NHS was moving ever closer to an American-style health service has been one of the major concerns widely expressed regarding the health reforms, and I thought it would be useful to see how this system works on the ground,’ Dr Gerada said.

In her blog, Dr Gerada said that she intended to visit a community health centre, as well as a county hospital and a RAM (Remote Area Medical) clinic to see how different clinical settings coped with service provision.

‘It promises to be a really interesting week, and I am particularly looking forward to an interview with medical campaigner Wendell Potter, and philanthropist Stan Brock, which I hope will give me an opportunity to discuss fully the various patient considerations and concerns that come with a market-driven health service, and what steps they have taken to address them,’ Dr Gerada said.

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