And, again, speaking as a resident of a nation with a functioning UHC system, the government does not control the standard of care.
A government department oversees the operation of hospitals. A government minister is held to account by Parliament and the people for the operation of the Health Service. The government minister reports to the Prime Minister, who reports to Parliament and the people.
The government works out how much of the budget should go to the NHS. The NHS trusts decide how it should be implemented. Your doctor decides what level of care you need.
Last edited by SW01; 09-24-2008 at 08:47 PM.