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Care based on 'ability to pay' WHEN the NHS was launched in 1948 by Nye Bevan it was based on three core principles: that it meets the needs of everyone; that it be free at point of delivery; that it be based on need not ability to pay.
A farmer with hip arthritis paid PS200 to see an orthopaedic surgeon and was told he could have 'private' hip replacement next week in Spire Hospital Wrexham for PS11,000 or 'later' at Ysbyty Gwynedd for PS8000, otherwise he would have to wait a year for NHS operation in Ysbyty Gwynedd.
Betsi Chair Dr Higson stresses the Health Board's commitment to Human Rights and Equality - yet 'private patients' are fast-tracked into our NHS hospitals for inpatient operations, day-case surgery, endoscopy, xrays and scans etc.
Every 'private patient' has an itemised bill, so it should be simple for Betsi to publish figures for 'private patients',' operations and income.
Remember Betsi Board proclaim their values of being open, honest and 'putting (NHS) patients first.'.
Does Carwyn Jones know that patients 'able to pay' queue-jump NHS waiting lists in North Wales? What would Nye Bevan say? Michael Joyce Dolbenmaen