June 28th 2010, 16:35
In these austere times, President Obama's Congress and the fledgling UK coalition government are casting around furiously for ways to trim their bloated deficits. Yet, in the midst of all this slashing and burning, healthcare is the area that clearly remains a no-go zone.
In the UK, although Prime Minister David Cameron has been combing through the UK's lb156 billion budget deficit for savings, he remains committed to apportioning even more money to the UK's National Health Service. Spending is expected to rise every year for the NHS, commensurate with inflation, during his government.
June 1st 2010, 10:23
It's reassuring to think that there are big organizations out there so wedded to our best interests that they are beyond reproach, impossible to buy or sell. The premiere organization with this kind of impeccable reputation the world over is the World Health Organization, one of original agencies set up by the newly formed United Nations. Its objectives were lofty; as described in its founding constitution, it was intended to "combat disease, especially key infectious diseases, and to promote the general health of the people of the world".
The WHO, as it's commonly known, was set up three years after the end of World War II, and its headquarters-as if to underscore its even-handed mandate-were in formerly neutral Switzerland.