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Parking now costs $4.21 with fines scrapped. Minor maintenance problems are dealt with in one day. How was Hinchingbrooke, an NHS hospital, miraculously transformed? It was turned over to a private firm. Once described as a “basket case,” the hospital is now ranked number one in patient satisfaction. A key to its healing, reports The Daily Mail, was “loosening the grip of managers and accountants.” A majority of board members, once bean counters and bureaucrats, are now clinicians. “Doctors, nurses and admin[istrative] staff have also been put into small groups which have representatives who meet senior managers twice a month” to discuss problems. Patients are promised any complaints will be resolved within three weeks. The Hinchingbrooke example should teach the VA something about privatization and what can happen when government tries to run a nation’s entire health care system. Veterans who face long waits, or suffer from life-threatening conditions, should receive vouchers so they can be treated at private hospitals. Since, according to the White House, President Obama only “learned about” the VA scandal from TV news reports (though he spoke about them during the 2008 presidential campaign and was critical of President Bush for not fixing them), Congress must take the lead in offering treatment alternatives to veterans.
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