Pathway to UHI
There are a number of important stepping stones that are necessary to pave the way for the introduction of UHI. Work is currently underway to advance these initiatives which will bring benefits and drive efficiencies in advance of implementing universal health insurance. They include:
- The strengthening of primary care services to deliver universal primary care with the removal of cost as a barrier to access for patients;
- The work of the Special Delivery Unit in tackling waiting times
- The reorganisation of public hospitals into more efficient and accountable hospital groups that will deliver improved outcomes for patients. That decision was based on two expert reports, namely, The Establishment of Hospital Groups as a Transition to Independent Hospital Trusts and The Framework for Development – Securing the Future of Smaller Hospitals which were published on the 14th May 2013;
- The introduction of a more transparent and efficient “Money Follows the Patient” funding mechanism for hospitals.