Is the failure of health regulation damaging our well-being? | Aseem Malhotra

Doctors are advised on pharmaceuticals by Nice, but this advice is often based on studies funded by the companies selling the drugs

Crises affecting the NHS are in the news every week. Staff shortages and bed-blocking; increasing demand from patients with chronic conditions; the worst A&E waiting times for a decade. This is despite the government investing £700m in emergency care over the past few months.

But perhaps it’s not all about money or, rather, it’s about spending whatever money we have wisely. For once in healthcare, there is a lesson to be learned from the US, where it is estimated that a third of all healthcare brings no benefit to patients.

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