Health Promotion in NHS

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Consequently, improving the health of a nation requires governments across the world to develop a health care system that is accessed by everyone (Deebel, 2013). This paper examines the origins, structure, and function of the UK’s NHS in comparison to the healthcare system in France.
The NHS was established in 1948 due to the need of its citizens to provide equitable health care for both the rich and poor in the United Kingdom. Prior to the establishment of the National health service(NHS), citizens make a contribution to access United Kingdon National health services. In the initial stages of developing the NHS, the system provided three services that included hospital services, primary care, and community services. As a result of a huge government expenditure directed towards the NHS, a charge was introduced for prescription and dental treatment. Over the same period (the 1950s), the size of health care providers also increased, which enhanced hospital outpatient services(Lapsley&amp.Shofield, 2009). However, in 1956, the system was stretched in terms of finances, thus affecting the work of doctors. Consequently, the Royal Commission targeting doctor’s pay was established in 1957. In the 1960s, the NHS experienced significant growth in terms of providing equitable health care for every citizen. For instance, the prescription fee was eliminated but reintroduced later in 1968 (Lapsley&amp.Sheffield, 2009).
The development of new drugs also revolutionized healthcare provision in the UK, particularly the polio vaccine, treatment of cancer and kidney dialysis. However, improved treatment meant a surge in health care costs. As a result, other reforms were needed in the established healthcare system. Concerns about the NHS’s structure related to its effectiveness in the provision of equitable healthcare also emerged (McMurray, 2010). The initiatives were implemented as a result of concerns regarding the effectiveness of NHS’s structure at that period.&nbsp.