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Britain says health service is splendid, thank you very much

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, May 27, 2009

Lord Darzi of Denham, a surgeon and top official in Britain's Department of Health, is angry over an ad campaign produced by Conservatives for Patients' Rights, a U.S. group opposed to some of President Obama's health-reform proposals. The TV and Internet campaign focuses in particular on Britain's National Health Service, featuring British patients and doctors complaining that they can't get access to the medicines and diagnostic tests they need. In response, Darzi told the Wall Street Journal Health Blog that the NHS provides a high standard of care to all Britons despite spending less per capita than is spent in the U.S.