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Study defends British healthcare

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, September 10, 2009

The British healthcare system has two major strengths that the U.S. can learn from, according to a study: strong primary care and NICE, the agency that assesses and approves reimbursement for cost-effective treatments. Primary care docs in the U.K. are well-trained and are thus able to reduce hospitalizations, unwarranted investigations, and unneeded prescriptions, according to authors of the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.